Did you know that someone dies every five hours in the UK from Mesothelioma?

Despite the worrying statistics mesothelioma is a disease most are unaware of.

Mesothelioma is a malignant lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Sufferers of mesothelioma have often worked in engineering and heavy industry and may not have been given the correct, or any, safety equipment by their employer.

Symptoms of mesothelioma have a long latency period, taking anywhere between 10-50 years to appear and affect the victim.

Raising awareness of mesothelioma is exactly what Action Mesothelioma Day (4th July 2014) aims to do. Through helping victims and families understand the disease in greater detail, sufferers are able to receive the correct diagnosis, supportive care and compensation they deserve.

Since 2006, an annual event has been held in cities around the UK to raise awareness of mesothelioma. Each year events are organised by local asbestos support groups to remember those who have died from asbestos related illness and to promote the Action Mesothelioma Charter.

The Action Mesothelioma Charter calls for the Government and all employers to take greater action to prevent asbestos exposure for all workers and to support the improvement of diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care both for victims and families.

To find out more information about Action Mesothelioma Day or to find out how you can get involved visit http://www.asbestosforum.org.uk/actionMesoDay.asp