TABLE 1

Cases of long latency respiratory disease reported to SWORD (Surveillance of Work-related and Occupational Respiratory Disease), 1996–2014

Cases nEstimated mean
age (range) years
Estimated mean
birth year (range)
Estimated %
male
Average incidence rate (95% CI) per 100 000, per year#
ActualEstimatedMalesFemales
Non-malignant pleural disease603117 21868 (20–100)1937 (1900–1988)96%7.1 (6.0– 8.2)0.19 (0.14–0.23)
Mesothelioma287213 46569 (19–100)1935 (1900–1987)93%5.4 (4.8–6.0)0.27 (0.21–0.34)
Pneumoconiosis1502438469 (23–93)1936 (1907–1989)97%1.9 (1.7–2.2)
 Asbestosis1165296970 (32–93)1935 (1908–1981)98%1.3 (1.1–1.6)
 Other pneumoconiosis337141567 (23–91)1938 (1907–1989)95%0.6 (0.5–0.7)
Lung cancer392192170 (29–97)1934 (1904–1967)96%0.8 (0.6–1.0)
COPD31696567 (29–96)1937 (1910–1979)83%0.3 (0.2–0.4)
Other long latency2811664 (28–78)1942 (1927–1982)85%
Total cases10 85937 34769 (19–100)1936 (1900–1989)95%15.3 (13.4–17.2)0.53 (0.43–0.62)
Total diagnoses11 14138 069

COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. #: denominator is the total adult population (i.e. working+non-working) based on national population data (1996–2014) from the Office for National Statistics.