Action Mesothelioma Day Event in Manchester Honors Mesothelioma Victims
On July 2nd, asbestos-related disease victims, their family members and advocates will hold a ceremony to release doves in Manchester, England to mark Action Mesothelioma Day. Organizers want to remember those who have died from mesothelioma and raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos for future generations.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer primarily caused by exposure to airborne asbestos fibers. Often called “asbestos cancer,” mesothelioma is highly aggressive and is resistant to many standard cancer treatments. In the UK there are 4,000 asbestos victims each year with mesothelioma responsible for 2,000 deaths annually.
The memorial will be attended by representatives of “Save Spodden Valley,” a group who is hoping to stop property owners from building over 600 homes where the Turner and Newall (T&N) factory was located. T&N was once the world’s largest asbestos conglomerate, where thousands of workers and nearby residents were exposed to and made ill from the lethal carcinogen.
The event will be followed by a public meeting about palliative care for mesothelioma sufferers. Speakers at the event are Dr. Helen Clayson, medical director of St. Mary’s Hospice Ulverston, and Hermione Ross, singer and campaigner on mesothelioma from Ireland.
2010′s British Lung Foundation Action Mesothelioma Campaign is focusing on do-it-yourself projects in the home and aims to raise awareness of the dangers of disturbing asbestos-containing materials in a residential environment.
Action Mesothelioma Day
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