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Mesothelioma has claimed hundreds more lives, according to the latest Asbestos-Related Disease Indicators report.

Released this week the report reveals 606 deaths from mesothelioma were registered in 2011.

The number of deaths recorded each year increased between 1997 and 2010, peaking at 634. However, since then the numbers have fallen, the report said.

Most of deaths (83 per cent) were males.

Some 639 new cases of mesothelioma were reported in 2011, while 619 were reported in 2012. However, the report notes that the 2012 numbers are likely to increase because some cases may not have been reported yet.

An average of 259 claims for mesothelioma per year have been compensated between 2002 and 2011, the report added.

For more detail, visit the report.

Published on 8 May 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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