New Scheme Launched To Tackle Mesothelioma

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The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has recently launched a brand new scheme to help provide new avenues for research, guidance, and support to victims of lung cancer.

New Scheme Launched To Tackle Mesothelioma

With over 2,300 people being diagnosed each year in the UK, and the highest published mortality rates in the world for mesothelioma victims, the new initiative is a welcome step towards finding a cure for deadly lung cancer.

Ongoing Mesothelioma Research

The BLF leads the way in funding research into mesothelioma but needs ongoing support for even greater success in their ground-breaking work. By helping the 1 in 5 people in the UK affected by lung disease, the BLF campaigns for better awareness and services, and provides support and advice for patients, carers, and family members.

The Mesothelioma Patron Scheme is designed to build on this existing work, and encourage sustainable funding into efforts to find a cure for lung cancer.

Chief Operating Officer of the British Lung Foundation, Steven Wibberley comments:

"We rely on funding to help us continue our research into lung disease. Mesothelioma is a relatively rare cancer, but it is deadly and kills around 2,500 people a year. That’s why we need to step up research to find a cure or treatment to halt the progression of this disease."

Simpson Millar is delighted to be joining the BLF's scheme along with two other law firms; Hodge Jones and Allen, and Hugh James; as well as asbestos removal company, Shield Environmental Services.

The charity hopes that other legal companies and other organisations dedicated to removing asbestos from work, home, and public buildings will join together to create an alliance to support and fund ongoing research.

Helen Grady, who is a Partner specialising in asbestos and mesothelioma cases comments:

"The work of the British Lung Foundation is truly admirable, and they do so much to help those affected by asbestos-related cancers such as mesothelioma. I'm really pleased Simpson Millar has got on board at this early stage to help support the victims whom the BLF work with."

"Every day, I work with people who are trying to piece their lives back together in the wake of a mesothelioma diagnosis, so it is reassuring to know that charities such as this are working full-pelt to find a cure."

"There's still lots of research and work to be done before this crippling and often terminal cancer is eradicated, but there are clearly positive steps being made."

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