- October 19, 2017
Global annual death toll due to asbestos related diseases - latest estimates
A comparative study by a team of researchers around Jukka Takala sought
to establish verifiable estimates on mortality of asbestos related
diseases and was published in the Central European Journal of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Their results suggest that the
global annual death toll is indeed much higher than previously thought.
The figures far exceed the routinely used WHO figure of approximately
The researchers estimate ranges from a low of 183,000 to a
high of 289,000 work related deaths alone, and a total 258,000 to a high
of 304,000 for all asbestos related deaths. The results also suggest
that contrary to some optimistic predictions the peak of the annual
asbestos related deaths has not yet been reached.
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