Table 1 Demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with mesothelioma (ICD-10 C45), diagnosed between 1998 and 2002, resident in South East England (n = 5753)
No of patients (n (%))
Sex
    Men4767 (83)
    Women986 (17)
Age group (y)
    0–49328 (6)
    50–591094 (19)
    60–691798 (31)
    70–791800 (31)
    80+733 (13)
Cancer network of residence
    Kent and Medway860 (15)
    North East London890 (15)
    North London389 (7)
    South East London618 (11)
    South Essex442 (8)
    South West London391 (7)
    Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire484 (8)
    Sussex413 (7)
    TCR part of Central South Coast80 (1)
    TCR part of Mid Anglia290 (5)
    TCR part of Mount Vernon342 (6)
    TCR part of West Anglia52 (1)
    West London502 (9)
Mesothelioma types
    Pleura5287 (92)
    Peritoneum213 (4)
    Pericardium3 (0)
    Other sites152 (3)
    Unspecified98 (2)
Histopathological types
    Malignant5556 (97)
    Fibrous54 (1)
    Epitheloid106 (2)
    Biphasic type37 (1)
TCR disease stage
    Local2588 (45)
    Extension beyond organ of origin353 (6)
    Regional lymph node involvement45 (1)
    Metastasis581 (10)
    Not known2186 (38)
  • TCR, Thames Cancer Registry.