6 July 2018 | Comment | Article by Hayley Hawkins

Action Mesothelioma Day 2018: raising the profile of asbestos cancer

Today marks Action Mesothelioma Day, aimed at raising awareness of people suffering with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer linked with asbestos exposure.

The UK has the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma, with more than 2,700 people diagnosed each year – a number that’s increasing.

This rising number is directly linked to the UK’s continued import and use of asbestos into the late 1990s - particularly relevant in areas like South Wales, which has a strong industrial heritage.

Unlike other types of cancer, treatment options for mesothelioma are limited and expensive, leaving sufferers with few options post-diagnosis. In fact, most people who are diagnosed die within a year.

Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, so although asbestos use was banned in the UK in the 1990s more people are diagnosed every year – 60,000 people are expected to die from mesothelioma in the next 30 years in the UK alone.

Asbestos Awareness and Support Cymru

We’re proud supporters of Asbestos Awareness and Support Cymru (A.A.S.C.), a local support group set up by Joanne Barnes-Mannings, to enhance the quality of life for victims of asbestos related diseases, and their families and carers.

As part of Action Mesothelioma Day, A.A.S.C is holding an event today at the Waterfront Museum, Cardiff, 1:30-4pm including presentations, light refreshments, and the symbolic release of two doves.

Hugh James Study Day

Earlier this month, we brought together some of the UK’s leading experts in mesothelioma and asbestos-related conditions for a study day in Swansea, supported by Mesothelioma UK and A.A.S.C.

The audience heard from more than 10 expert speakers, including oncologists, physicians and researchers, as well as mesothelioma sufferers.

Advances in treatment are being made every day, but there is currently no cure for mesothelioma sufferers. Compensation can never make up this, but we believe former employers or others who negligently exposed them to asbestos dust should be held to account.

Compensation can ease money worries at such a difficult time, make suffers more comfortable or allow them to leave some money to their family once they are gone.

Hugh James acts on a no win, no fee basis and also ensure that mesothelioma suffers keep 100% of their compensation.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from mesothelioma, then visit our Mesothelioma page for more information or to get in touch. One of our asbestos team members would be happy to have a confidential chat about your case.

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