Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Global mesothelioma deaths reported to the World Health Organization between 1994 and 2008

Vanya Delgermaa, Ken Takahashi, Eun-Kee Park, Giang Vinh Le, Toshiyuki Hara & Tom Sorahan

Volume 89, Number 10, October 2011, 716-724C

Table 1. Mesothelioma deaths in the mortality database of the World Health Organization, worldwide, 1994–2008

Characteristic Deaths
No. of countries reporting deaths Age at death (years)
AAMR (per million) M:F ratio
No. % Mean SD
Total 92 253 100.0 83 70.0 11.6 4.9 3.6:1
Sexa
Male 72 000 78.0 81 69.9 11.2 9.0 NA
Female 20 252 22.0 73 70.2 13.1 1.9 NA
Anatomical disease siteb
Pleura 38 121 41.3 58 70.1 11.0 2.3 3.7:1
Peritoneum 4 116 4.5 43 66.0 12.6 0.3 1.6:1
Pericardium 298 0.3 30 61.1 15.6 0.03 1.8:1
Other sites 6 184 6.7 53 70.7 12.4 0.4 3.2:1
Unspecified 39 726 43.1 65 70.9 11.5 2.3 4.0:1
Site not reported 3 808 4.1 16 63.6 12.8 2.6 2.6:1
Continent
Africa 2 333 2.5 4 63.4 12.7 4.8 3.3:1
Americas 23 869 25.9 36 70.5 12.7 3.6 3.3:1
Asia 12 012 13.0 11 69.5 12.2 2.6 3.2:1
Europe 49 779 54.0 30 70.1 10.9 7.2 3.7:1
Oceania 4 260 4.6 2 71.3 10.6 16.0 5.6:1
Country income groupc
High 81 313 88.1 39 70.9 10.9 6.3 3.9:1
Middle 10 906 11.8 37 63.2 14.0 1.9 1.9:1
Low 22 0.02 2 54.8 16.7 0.4 3.4:1
Not available 12 0.01 5 67.5 11.4 NAd 5.0:1
Reporting period
1994–2000 22 305 24.2 63 68.4 12.5 4.0 3.2:1
2001–2008 69 948 75.8 77 70.5 11.3 5.3 3.7:1
10 countries reporting the highest number of deaths (no. of reporting years)
United States of America (7) 17 062 18.5 NA 72.8 11.1 5.0 4.2:1
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (9) 13 517 14.6 NA 71.3 9.9 17.8 5.7:1
Japan (14) 11 212 12.1 NA 70.0 11.9 3.2 3.3:1
Germany (9) 9 569 10.4 NA 70.3 10.6 6.8 3.2:1
France (8) 6 608 7.2 NA 71.8 10.5 7.6 3.4:1
Netherlands (13) 5 141 5.6 NA 70.0 10.2 6.4 4.0:1
Australia (8) 3 747 4.1 NA 71.3 10.7 16.5 5.4:1
Italy (3) 3 706 4.0 NA 71.2 10.6 10.3 2.4:1
South Africa (12) 2 322 2.5 NA 63.4 12.7 6.7 3.3:1
Spain (7) 1 840 2.0 NA 67.8 12.2 3.9 2.9:1

AAMR, age-adjusted mortality rate; M:F, male to female; NA, not applicable; SD, standard deviation.

a In one case, sex was not specified.

b Anatomical sites were classified according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision as: C45.0, pleura; C45.1, peritoneum; C45.2, pericardium; C45.7, other sites; C45.9, unspecified.

c Country income groups were based on adapted World Bank categories of national income level.

d Population data were not available.