More cash required for asbestos cancer research

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MPs and campaigners want the government to give million of pounds to increase funding of asbestos cancer research.

Campaigners believe that Mesothelioma – caused by asbestos exposure receives the least amount of funding for research.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs and is usually associated with exposure to asbestos. Tradesmen often fall into the high risk category for this type of disease as asbestos is well known for its insulating qualities.

Mesothelioma has a distinct lag time between exposure and symptoms often in the region of 20-50 years.

MPs and campaigners are going to present a petition to Downing Street which requests funding to establish a National Centre for Asbestos Related Disease. The Centre would be virtual and would bring together many research teams under the same leadership.

John Edwards, Chair of the British Mesothelioma Interest Group said: "Funding at present is woefully inadequate – its among the worst resourced fields in cancer research."

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