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The Collegium Ramazzini (CR), an international academy of 180 scientists from 35 countries, experts in environmental and occupational health, has released an official statement on the global health dimensions of asbestos and asbestos-related diseases.
The incidence of mesothelioma varies in different areas of the world, depending on when asbestos was used in that area. Incidence rates, according to the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) in 2012 were highest in the UK, where about 1,800 cases are diagnosed each year. Australia was one of the world's largest producers of asbestos, leading to the country that had the highest incidence rates in the world (based on population size). Mesothelioma incidence in the US is declining, with 2,000 cases diagnosed a year, while in Europe and Australia cases are expected to plateau in the next 10-15 years. Currently, in Spain the rate of incidence is about 0.35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants every year and it is responsible for the death of 5 people per million inhabitants.