Health and Safety Executive

Asbestos related disease

There are four main diseases associated with inhalation of asbestos fibres. These are asbestosis (a scarring of the lung tissue caused by asbestos), two kinds of cancer (mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer), and diffuse pleural thickening (a non-malignant disease affecting the lung lining). The latest available statistics for each of these diseases are reported and discussed in the following web pages:

Current evidence suggests that asbestos can also cause laryngeal cancer and may be implicated in causing pharyngeal, stomach and colorectal cancers.

A list of frequently asked questions about asbestos related disease statistics is also available:

Links to other HSE pages

The HSE Asbestos home page contains links to other information on asbestos.

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Updated 09.10.09