Moustaches for Mesothelioma
March marks the beginning of oustaches for Mesothelioma
, a joint effort between the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund (MKMRF) and Mesothelioma UK.
Around 5,000 people or more in the UK die each year from the disease
as a direct result of exposure to asbestos. It is anticipated that this figure will rise to around 10,000 a year
unless a treatment to prevent the disease is found.
Wear A Moustache for the Month of March
The aim of the month is to raise awareness and support those living with mesothelioma. A cancer which was once quite rare but now becoming increasingly common
– it can take well over 30 years for any symptoms of the disease to show. According to Cancer Research UK, 5 times as many men than women will suffer
from the illness. This could be due to the places in which asbestos is found eg in the building industry, power stations, telephone exchanges, in plumbing or mechanics.
Living with mesothelioma can affect your physical and financial wellbeing
. Both charities hold information about financial support such as benefits, sick pay and grants, which help point you in the right direction.
If you believe you were exposed to asbestos in your workplace, then you may be able to make a claim for industrial disease. Many people find this helpful when thinking about the prospect of paying for long-term care options
that otherwise they would not be able to afford.
By wearing a moustache throughout March, you are supporting those who have been affected by this disease. You can grow one or buy one, the message is simply to wear one and back the cause. If you want to feature in the MKMRF newsletter
email your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org