Action Mesothelioma Day is taking place on Friday 5th July 2019. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer caused by breathing in asbestos dust. Asbestos is banned in the UK but you can still find it in schools, homes and offices.
The UK has the worst incidence of mesothelioma in the world. According to Cancer Research UK’s statistics, sadly there are 2,700 new mesothelioma diagnoses in the UK every year. That is more than seven people being diagnosed with mesothelioma every single day.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a highly heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in brake linings and in fire-resistant and insulating materials.
The use of blue and brown asbestos (the two most dangerous types) was banned in 1985 and the use of white asbestos was banned (except for a small number of specialised uses) in 1999.
Asbestos is often found in buildings that were built between 1950 and 1980, particularly if it has a steel frame or has a boiler with thermal insulation.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and can take many years to develop in a person. Once diagnosed, treatment is available to control the disease for as long as possible and keep symptoms under control. Sadly, there is currently no cure for the disease, making it a terminal illness.
If you have been exposed to asbestos which has led you to develop mesothelioma, you could be entitled to compensation. Getting the right legal advice is vital and we urge you to call us on 0175 321 6399 for free initial advice.
What’s happening on Action Mesothelioma Day?
Asbestos support groups up and down the country are taking part in this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day. Here are just some of the events taking place around the country:
Event: Meso UK: Service of reflection and hope
Date and time: Friday 5th July 2019, 2pm
Location: Leicester Cathedral
Information: A service of reflection and hope for those affected by mesothelioma followed by a dove release, tea and cake.
Event: Service of remembrance and thanksgiving
Date and time: Friday 12th July 2019, 10.30am – 11.30am
Location: Guy’s Chapel, Guy’s Hospital, London
Information: Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust and London Asbestos Support Awareness Group for London and the South East host a memorial and thanksgiving service.
Event: Release of sponsored doves and public meeting
Date and time: Friday 5th July 2019, 12.30pm
Location: Barbirolli Square, next to the Bridgewater Hall, central Manchester
Information: A rally, speeches and sponsored dove release in memory of those who have died from Mesothelioma followed by a public meeting held by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group at Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.
Event: A day of remembrance
Date and time: Friday 5th July 2019, 11.30am – 3pm
Location: St Elizabeth’s House, Plymouth
Information: South West Asbestos Support Awareness Group host a day of remembrance with guest speakers, lunch and a butterfly release.
Event: Sponsored dove release, buffet, raffle and a ‘meet the experts’ session
Date and time: 12pm Friday 5th July 2019
Location: The Racquet Club, Liverpool
Information: The Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group hosts a dove release at 12pm with a buffet, raffle and ‘meet the experts’ session.
Event: Action Mesothelioma Day
Date and time: Friday 5th July 2019, 11.30am – 1pm
Location: Sheffield Cathedral
Information: South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group holds a commemorative name reading following by speakers, Sheffield Soloist Choir, refreshments and a buffet lunch.
For further information regarding the events that are going on around the country on Action Mesothelioma Day then please visit Mesothelioma UK’s website.