Action Mesothelioma Day, 5th July 2013


MesotheliomaAcross the West Midlands and the rest of the country thousands will be pledging their support for Mesothelioma Day on July 5th. The event will be held in the Birmingham City Council House at Victoria Square between 11am and 1.30pm. For more information on events in your area please check out this bulletin from Mesothelioma UK.

Run by Mesothelioma UK since 2006, the charity aims to raise awareness for this devastating illness. In the UK deaths from mesothelioma are expected to peak in 2016 and then rapidly decline after due to the changing levels of exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is also more common in men than women, this may be due to the jobs associated with asbestos exposure such as construction work, the motor industry or working in a power station.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer. More commonly it affects the lungs but occasionally it can affect the abdomen and reproductive organs as well. The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos dust. It is thought that a link to asbestos can be identified in over 90% of people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Background levels of asbestos present in the environment are thought to account for the remaining small percentage.

Simpson Millar supports Action Mesothelioma Day

Simpson Millar is a sponsor of the charity and in February this year Emma Costin and Rebecca Ryan presented them with a cheque for more than £2,000. This money was raised directly from previous clients of the firm who had made a claim for compensation from the Ministry of Justice pleural plaques scheme that closed in July 2012.

Emma Costin, Head of Industrial Disease, comments “We are proud to support Mesothelioma UK and Action Mesothelioma Day in particular. Across the country members of our industrial disease teams will be campaigning on 5th July for more public awareness and resource to be devoted to sufferers of asbestos disease and their families. Each year over 2,400 people die needlessly from this dreadful, entirely preventable disease.”

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