Mesothelioma Mortality by Geographical Area

Mesothelioma mortality in Great Britain 1981-2015
Previous descriptive analyses of mesothelioma death rates for geographical areas within Great Britain have highlighted the effect of geographically-specific sources of asbestos exposure: geographical areas with the highest mortality rates tend to be those known to contain large industrial sites such as shipyards and asbestos product factories.
This factsheet provides an update of analyses of mesothelioma mortality by Unitary Authority (UA) and Local Authority (LA) area to include deaths occurring during the period 1981 to 2015, the longest period for which data are available according to the current UA and LA structure. It also provides more detailed analysis of temporal trends within these geographical areas using Generalised Additive Models (see Annex 1 for further details).
The analyses are based on the last area of residence of the deceased, as recorded on death certificates, and use Standardised Mortality Ratios (SMRs) which compare the mortality rate in a particular area with the mortality rate for GB, taking account of age differences (see Annex 1 for further details). SMRs are expressed as a percentage: values higher or lower than 100 indicate mesothelioma rates that are higher or lower, respectively, than for GB as a whole.


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