Action Mesothelioma Day 2013 holds its 8th annual national event on Friday 5th July.

Each year since 2006, many local mesothlioma patient support groups, national organisations and charity trusts will stage different events around the country from the many former asbestos industry ‘blackspots’ in Merseyside, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands to Bristol, London and Plymouth.

Held on the first Friday of July, Action Mesothelioma Day brings together many organisations and individual speakers from the medical, legal and caring professions both here in the UK and from the US. Presentations and commemorative ceremonies are accompanied by talks and seminars aimed at not only helping to support and remember those whose lives were fatally affected by working with or exposed to the deadly material but also to raise asbestos awareness to the continued risk of mesothelioma and asbestosis disease.

Manchester

In Manchester, the day will once again be marked by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group who will release sponsored doves opposite Manchester Town Hall in memory of all those who have died from mesothelioma. A public meeting will then be held in which Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union will deliver a speech entitled “Asbestos – Protecting Workers Today”.

Despite the ban on using white asbestos in building materials from late 1998 many trade occupations are still most likely to have direct contact with the many types of asbestos insulation still to be found in both public, commercial and residential properties around the UK. Today, among the most vulnerable to asbestos exposure are demolition workers, builders, carpenters, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) installers, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, tilers, roofers, painters and decorators.

According to a recent national survey, a quarter of tradesmen admit to being unaware of coming into direct contact with asbestos, just one in six of building maintenance contractors say they have asbestos training qualifications and only one in eight claim to have a good working knowledge or qualifications in asbestos.

Cheshire and Merseyside

The Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group once again team up with the Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support, and will also release sponsored doves at Liverpool Town Hall. Lectures will be presented by guest consultant respiratory, pulmonary and lung specialists from the local Aintree Chest Centre and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, USA.

Despite continuing advances in asbestosis treatments in recent years, which means it is possible for around a half of mesothelioma patients to be able to live for around two years, research into finding a cure for the incurable and fatal mesothelioma cancer continues to make slow progress.

Leeds

In Leeds, The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund (JHMRF) in collaboration with the Mesothelioma Support Yorkshire Group (MESSY) and the MARC group (Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Concerns) will feature talks given by a mesothelioma patient who will share their personal perspective of the condition and its treatment, the psychological aspects of mesothelioma and work updates from two JHMRF funded researchers.

Other Action Mesothelioma Day 2013 events are being held by Asbestos Support West Midlands, South Yorkshire Asbestos Victim Support, Bristol and Beyond Asbestos Family Support, Papworth Mesothelioma Support Group, South Yorkshire Asbestos Victim Support, Berkshire Asbestos Support Group, Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team, Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, South West Mesothelioma Support Group, and the London Hazards Centre.

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