Posted on July 1, 2019
Friday, July 5 is Action Mesothelioma Day in the United Kingdom. Organizations throughout the country will host events to raise awareness about mesothelioma and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease. Tragically, Great Britain has one of the highest per capita rates of mesothelioma in the world.
Unfortunately, ADAO is unable to attend the Action Mesothelioma Day activities this year in the U.K., but we proudly support all who fight for awareness, prevention, and a cure.
No matter where you are in the world, asbestos kills — it’s the biggest occupational cancer killer, claiming more than 200,000 lives a year worldwide, according to the Global Health Data Exchange. In the United Kingdom and the United States alone, in 2017, over 55,000 people died died from mesothelioma, lung, ovarian, laryngeal cancers, and asbestosis.
According to the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) data released this morning:
- There were 2,523 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2017, a broadly similar number to the previous five years.
- The latest projections suggest that there will continue to be around 2,500 deaths per year for the rest of this current decade before annual numbers begin to decline.
- More than half of annual deaths now occur in those aged over 75 years. Annual deaths in this age group continue to increase while deaths below age 70 are now decreasing.
- There were 2,084 male deaths in 2017, a slight reduction compared with recent years, and 439 female deaths, a slight increase.
- There were 2,025 new cases of mesothelioma assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in 2017 of which 235 were female. This compares with 2,170 new cases in 2016, of which 240 were female.
- Men who worked in the building industry when asbestos was used extensively are now among those most at risk of mesothelioma.
At a number of tandem events across the country, participants will release doves and balloons as a poignant symbol of the countless individuals and families who have been affected by mesothelioma. There will also be a number of organizations who will put on educational and memorial events throughout the United Kingdom. Please see below.
Join ADAO in showing your support for the UK’s annual Action Mesothelioma Day by sharing information about the day with your social networks or making a donation to one of the charities below. I will be lighting a candle for my late husband Alan, and many others who have courageously shared their mesothelioma battle with the world in efforts to end this man-made disaster.
The list below was posted by the excellent Mesothelioma UK, a national specialist resource centre, specifically for the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. an umbrella organization, representing asbestos victims support groups.
Friday 5 July, from 2pm
Mesothelioma UK hosts a service at the cathedral followed by a dove release, and tea and cake. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 1692409 to register your interest and request your paper dove for the remembrance tree.
Friday 5 July, 11.00am – 2.30pm
Barrow Market, 28 Duje St, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1HU
Friday 5 July, 1.30 – 4.30pm
ARCA village hall, 151 Ashford Road, Thanington Without, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3XR
Friday 5 July, 11am
Royal Dockyard Church, Chatham Dockyard, ME4 4ST
Friday 5 July, 1-3pm
Leeds Town Hall
Mesothelioma Support Yorkshire hosts visitors with a celebratory balloon arch where guests can write the names of loved ones on the balloons. Afternoon tea followed by a butterfly release on the Town Hall steps. Email Simon.email@example.com or call 0787 5511 323
Friday 5 July, 10am-4pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4D
The June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund hosts a day for patients, families, doctors, nurses and researchers to come together and develop a deeper understanding of research and its role in improving treatment and care. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, text 07971 480744 or phone 0113 343 0864 (voice mail) to book your place.
Friday 5 July, from 12.30pm
Barbirolli Square, next to the Bridgewater Hall, central Manchester
Friday 5 July, 11.30am – 1pm
Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield
Saturday 6 July, from 11am
Mesothelioma Memorial Gardens, Queens Park, Swindon
Royds Withy King host a ceremony followed by drinks and cake in the Park Cafe. Speakers, dove release and memorial tree. Please bring a photo of your loved ones who are affected by an asbestos-related disease. Email Jennifer Seavor or call 01793 847 707.
Bury St Edmunds
Sunday 7 July, from 10am
St. Edmundsbury Cathedral, Abbey House, Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 1LS
Anglia Asbestos Diseased Support Group members will attend the service of music, poetry and readings, followed by a release of commemorative doves. A roll call in honour of lost loved ones followed by a buffet lunch and a visit to the Old Abbey and tomb of St. Edmund.
Friday 12 July, 10.30am – 11.30am
Guy’s Chapel, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT