Action Mesothelioma Day UK 2018

Today is Action Mesothelioma Day. The event takes place annually to pay tribute to those affected by the disease, and also helps raise awareness.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the membrane lining (pleura) of the chest cavity, associated with asbestos exposure. Although there have been breakthroughs in slowing down the process of the illness, it is for the most part, incurable and usually fatal within two years or less once it has developed.

Events, Awareness and Tributes

Throughout the day, across the country, a number of events are taking place to mark the occasion. With awareness being at the heart of the scheme, many events and talks will be going ahead to highlight the facts and issues surrounding the disease. This includes talks from medical researchers and advisors, specialist authors and healthcare professionals discussing treatments to halt the disease, and also working towards possible cures.

Funding raising events will also be taking place, including raffles and there will also be buffets, lunches and teas available for attendees.

Perhaps most importantly, many events will include talks and support groups for and by those who have been affected by mesothelioma. Awareness will undoubtedly be more effectively spread by those whose lives have been directly changed by the disease. It’s their chance to tell their story and offer support to one another, and highlight the ongoing danger that asbestos poses, and the devastating impact it has on people.

The proceedings will also include tributes to those living with, or who have lost their lives to mesothelioma, marked by candle lighting remembrance vigils, planting trees and the release of butterflies.

Prevention

The main purpose of this day is to raise awareness of mesothelioma and what actually causes it, which the majority of the time is asbestos.

Strict regulations have already been put in place in the UK to prevent, as much as possible, the release of asbestos fibres. And although steps have been taken to remove asbestos from many buildings, it still remains a huge problem today. This is simply because it was used so extensively in the past, it’s virtually impossible to pinpoint all of the deadly material hidden within buildings across the country. That’s why it is important to remain vigilant to the presence of asbestos, and to deal with the material as safely as possible.