Female Asbestos Cancer Cases Are Increasing.

According to the most recent HSE statistics, mesothelioma cases in women who entered the profession decades ago are increasing.

While men still make up the majority of mesothelioma cases, cases among women increased by 93% between 1993 and 2018, compared to just 47% for men.

"The percentage of women receiving mesothelioma diagnoses has never been higher. Given that the disease can take decades to develop, this growth appears to match with the period from the 1950s onwards when more women entered the labour.

Dean Fennell, Professor of Thoracic Medical Oncology at the University of Leicester

Every year, more than 2,500 people in Great Britain pass away from mesothelioma.

BBC Woman’s Hour, will be covering asbestos, female teachers and mesothelioma on Tuesday 24th 2022, which will be live on Radio 4 from 10 am, you can listen live or to the archived version at the BBC website.

You can read a more in depth article about the increase in women with asbestos related cancers at the Daily Mail website.