Action Mesothelioma Day is an annual event held to raise asbestos awareness of mesothelioma, the fatal asbestos-related cancer, which will be taking place in 2011 on Friday 1st July. As in previous years, events will be staged around the country to highlight the support and guidance provided to the 2,000 men and women who are diagnosed annually with mesothelioma and related asbestosis diseases as a result of being exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home.

Each year, key groups and organisations from the medical, legal and caring professions attend Mesothelioma events being held in some of the former industrial regions where asbestos was extensively used in manufacturing, building and engineering factories and workplaces throughout much of the twentieth century. Their concern and support helps to renew public awareness of asbestos disease, especially the aggressive malignant cancer, mesthelioma, for which, many sufferers or their family members continue to claim mesothelioma compensation.

Reinforcing the message of continued risk to asbestos exposure, the British Lung Foundation plans to mount a media campaign to be themed as ‘Be Asbestos Aware’. The aim is to continue with the important message of last year’s Mesothelioma Day to target people who are considering carrying out DIY in their home.

Many houses and other properties which were built up until the 1980s at least are likely to contain building materials made from white chrysotile asbestos, either insulation board (AIB), cementatious asbestos plaster mouldings, in fill packing, tiles or similar. White asbestos is less harmful than other forms as long as it remains undisturbed. If unexpectedly discovered during DIY renovations, any attempt to sand or smooth down, drill into or even remove will risk causing the deadly asbestos fibre dust to be released into the surrounding air to be breathed in, even days or weeks later.

The following organisations/regions are involved with holding events on Action Mesothelioma Day 2011:

Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team – 11am in the Arena, New Square at Chesterfield. If you would like to sponsor a leaf please contact DAST on 01246 380415 for a message leaf.

Asbestos Action Tayside – Hilton Hotel, Dundee. of Asbestos Action Tayside. A remembrance candle will be lit for the 44 members of Asbestos Action Tayside who lost their fight against mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases last year. Lunch will be served. Tel: 01382 225715.

Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group / Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group – Wallasey Town Hall 10.30am – 3pm. Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group – 01928 576 641. Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group – 0151 236 1895.

Leicester Event – Leicester St Martin’s Cathedral. Tel. 0800 169 2409.

The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund – Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm Venue: Weetwood Hall Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS. Tel: 0113 343 0864.

Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund – 11.00am at St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle. TEL: 0191 2637386

Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos Group – 11.30 Minster Yard, Rotherham Minster, All Saints Square, Rotherham S60 1PU. Contact SARAG 01709 360 672.

Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group – Release of Sponsored Doves 12.30pm in Lincoln Square (Brazennose Street Opposite Manchester Town Hall). Public Meeting 13.00 – 14.00 in Manchester Town Hall. Tel: 0161 636 7555.

London Hazards Centre 1.00 p.m. Robin Brook Centre, Seminar Room 4 St Bartholomew’s Hospital West Smithfield Campus London EC1A 7BE 12.30 p.m. St Barts. Tel. 020 7794 5999.

British Lung Foundation – Call Hayley in the Communications Team on 0207 688 5565.