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Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer of the thin tissue (mesothelium) that lines the internal organs of the thoracic and abdominal cavity. It is a rare cancer, yet one of the deadliest. Most cases of mesothelioma are caused by asbestos. It is most commonly found in the serous membrane.  It is usually established that a patient has been exposed to inhalation of asbestos fibres in the past. The latent period is long and can last up to 40 years or more. Most vulnerable to mesothelioma are those who have in the past been exposed to inhalation of major concentrations of asbestos fibres at their workplace. The production and trade of asbestos products have been banned in Slovenia since 1996. However, since many asbestos products are still in use and asbestos waste is still produced, humans are still exposed to asbestos fibres. In 2015 in Slovenia, 39 new cases of mesothelioma were discovered and 28 people died from the disease.


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Figure ZD32-1: Mesothelioma incidence, 1961-2015, Slovenia
Sources: 
Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana (2018)
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men and women, all stages, 0-80+ years[number]

1961

1

1962

1

1963

0

1964

0

1965

0

1966

0

1967

2

1968

0

1969

1

1970

1

1971

0

1972

3

1973

5

1974

3

1975

1

1976

4

1977

7

1978

4

1979

3

1980

5

1981

3

1982

7

1983

8

1984

11

1985

8

1986

12

1987

9

1988

13

1989

11

1990

14

1991

10

1992

13

1993

13

1994

11

1995

16

1996

10

1997

18

1998

18

1999

27

2000

24

2001

27

2002

32

2003

32

2004

33

2005

24

2006

33

2007

28

2008

34

2009

30

2010

35

2011

39

2012

44

2013

42

2014

37

2015

39

Figure ZD32-2: Age standardized incidence rate (per 100.000 inhabitants) for mesothelioma, statistical regions, 1985-2015
Sources: 
Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana (2018)
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Slovenia[number/100.000 inh.]

Obalno-kraška[number/100.000 inh.]

Goriška[number/100.000 inh.]

Primorsko-notranjska[number/100.000 inh.]

Gorenjska[number/100.000 inh.]

Osrednjeslovenska[number/100.000 inh.]

Jugovzhodna Slovenija[number/100.000 inh.]

Posavska[number/100.000 inh.]

Zasavska[number/100.000 inh.]

Savinjska[number/100.000 inh.]

Koroška[number/100.000 inh.]

Podravska[number/100.000 inh.]

Pomurska[number/100.000 inh.]

1985

0.50

0

0.80

0

0

0.50

0

0

0

0

0

1.50

1.10

1986

0.80

1.70

1.90

0

0.80

0.70

1

0

0

0.50

0

1

0

1987

0.50

1

3.90

0

0

0.20

0.60

0

0

0.50

0

0.50

0

1988

0.70

0

1.50

0

0

0.50

0

0

2.70

1.40

0

1.70

0

1989

0.60

3.80

0.80

0

0

0.50

0

0

0

0.40

2.50

0.70

0

1990

0.80

1.20

3.90

0

0

0.70

0

0

0

0

1.50

1.50

0

1991

0.60

0

4.40

0

0

0.20

0

1.40

0

0.50

0

1.20

0

1992

0.70

0

3.80

0

0.60

0.20

0

0

0

0.40

0

1.90

0.80

1993

0.70

1.20

0

1.90

0

1.40

0

0

2.20

0

0

1.20

0.70

1994

0.60

1

1.60

0

0.50

0.40

0

0

0

0.80

0

1

0.90

1995

0.90

0

3.80

0

1.20

0.60

0

1.80

0

0.80

0

1.30

0.90

1996

0.50

0

1.60

0

0

0.40

1.40

0

0

0

0

1.30

0

1997

1

0

4.10

0

1.60

1

0

0

0

0

0

2.10

0

1998

1

1

2.50

0

0

0.40

0.70

2.90

0

0.90

0

2.30

0

1999

1.40

1.80

6.60

0

0.50

0.80

0

1.80

0

1.30

0

2.60

0

2000

1.20

2.80

4.20

0

0.50

1.70

0

0

0

0.80

0

1.40

0

2001

1.40

0.90

7.10

0

1.10

1.40

0

1.40

0

0.80

1.50

1.20

0

2002

1.60

1.80

12.60

0

1

0.40

1.50

1.50

0

0.40

0

0.90

2.30

2003

1.60

1.80

8.40

1.90

1

0.80

1.50

0

0

0.80

1.30

0.90

3

2004

1.60

0.90

8.80

2

0.50

1.50

0

0

4

0.80

0

1.70

0.80

2005

1.10

1.70

6.10

0

0

0.80

1.40

3.10

0

0

1.40

1.10

0.70

2006

1.50

2.60

9.60

2

0.80

0.80

0.60

0

4

0.40

1.40

1.40

0.60

2007

1.20

1.40

3.80

0

1.40

1.50

0.80

0

0

1.10

0

1.10

0.60

2008

1.60

0.80

9.70

0

0.40

0.60

0.70

0

0

2.20

1.30

1.70

2.70

2009

1.30

0

6

0

1.90

0.90

1.60

1.40

2.20

0.80

0

1.30

0.70

2010

1.50

2.10

7

1.80

1

1.70

0

1.30

0

0.90

1

0.90

0.70

2011

1.60

1.60

8.10

0

0.80

1.70

0.50

1.10

0

0.70

0

1.60

1.40

2012

1.80

2.50

9.60

1.80

1.60

1.50

0

4.80

0

1

1.20

0.70

1.40

2013

1.80

2.10

13

1.60

0.50

1.30

2.50

1.40

0

1.20

0

0.60

1.20

2014

1.40

1.90

10

1.40

1

1

0

2.70

0

0.60

1.20

0.80

0

2015

1.60

1.40

8

2.10

0.40

1.20

0

0.70

0

1.90

0

1.70

0.70

Figure ZD32-3: Mesothelioma Mortality, 1997-2015, Slovenia
Sources: 
Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana (2018)
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men and women, 0-80+ years[absolute number]

1997

8

1998

13

1999

21

2000

18

2001

12

2002

29

2003

29

2004

29

2005

15

2006

34

2007

33

2008

30

2009

28

2010

23

2011

37

2012

31

2013

36

2014

40

2015

28

Figure ZD32-4: Age standardized mortality rate (number of deaths per 100.000 inhabitants) for Mesothelioma, statistical regions, 1997-2015, Slovenia
Sources: 
Cancer Registry of the Republic of Slovenia, Institute of Oncology Ljubljana (2018)
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Slovenia[number/100.000 inh.]

Obalno-kraška[number/100.000 inh.]

Goriška[number/100.000 inh.]

Primorsko-notranjska[number/100.000 inh.]

Gorenjska[number/100.000 inh.]

Osrednjeslovenska[number/100.000 inh.]

Jugovzhodna Slovenija[number/100.000 inh.]

Posavska[number/100.000 inh.]

Zasavska[number/100.000 inh.]

Savinjska[number/100.000 inh.]

Koroška[number/100.000 inh.]

Podravska[number/100.000 inh.]

Pomurska[number/100.000 inh.]

1997

0.40

0

0.80

0

0.50

0.20

0.70

0

0

0.40

0

1

0

1998

0.70

0

3.10

0

0

0.50

0

0

0

0.80

0

1.60

0

1999

1.10

0.90

7.70

0

0.50

0

0.70

0

0

1.70

0

1.80

0

2000

0.90

1.10

3.50

0

0.50

0.40

0.70

2.90

0

0.50

0

1.50

0.90

2001

0.60

0.90

3.80

0

0

0.40

0

1.30

0

0.40

0

0.60

0

2002

1.50

0.90

12

1.90

0.50

1

1.50

0

0

0.40

0

0.90

0

2003

1.40

3.40

9

0

0

0.80

0.80

0

2.10

0.40

1.30

0.60

2.30

2004

1.40

0

8.60

2

1

0.80

0.70

0

4

0.80

0

1.40

0.80

2005

0.70

0.80

7.20

0

0.40

0.40

0

0

0

0

0

0.50

0

2006

1.60

1.50

9.70

0

1

1.10

2.20

0

0

0.40

0

1.50

1.20

2007

1.50

3.40

7.10

0

1.60

0.60

0

0

0

0.30

2.80

1.70

1.80

2008

1.40

1.50

8.20

0

0.50

0.90

0

0

2.10

1.10

0

1.30

1.70

2009

1.30

0.90

7.60

1.90

0.50

0.60

0

0

0

0.80

0

1.70

1.40

2010

1

1.40

5.10

1.80

0.90

0.50

0

0

0

0.80

0

0.80

2.20

2011

1.60

1.30

7.90

0

1.30

1.90

0.70

2.30

2.20

0.30

0

0.70

0.50

2012

1.20

0.70

8.50

1

1.20

0.30

1.30

1.10

0

0.30

1.20

1

1.20

2013

1.50

1.10

7.40

0.50

1.40

0.90

0.90

1.30

0

0.90

0.60

0.90

1.60

2014

1.60

0.80

12.30

3.40

0.50

1.30

2.10

1.20

0

0.30

0

0.70

0

2015

1.10

1.40

10.10

0

0.90

0.60

0

0

0

0.60

0

0.70

0

Figure ZD32-5: Age standardized mortality rate (number of deaths per 100.000 inhabitants) for Mesothelioma, in EU, for the last available year in the country, from 2012 onwards
Sources: 
WHO 2016 (2017)
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Age standardized Mortality rate[number/100.000 inh.]

Bulgaria

0.05

Lithuania

0.20

Hungary

0.21

Estonia

0.22

Romania

0.24

Slovakia

0.31

Latvia

0.34

Czech Republic

0.34

Portugal

0.37

Cyprus

0.44

Spain

0.56

Poland

0.61

Austria

0.68

Norway

0.76

Ireland

0.81

Finland

0.87

France

0.91

Germany

0.93

Sweden

0.96

Denmark

1.21

Croatia

1.29

Luxembourg

1.36

Belgium

1.41

Italy

1.42

Slovenia

1.60

Malta

1.82

Netherlands

1.91

United Kingdom

2.49



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