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Virtual Action Mesothelioma Day 2020

On Friday 3 July leading experts and campaigners are coming together

to host the Virtual Action Mesothelioma Day 2020.

Organised alongside the UK Mesothelioma Alliance, the online live broadcast will

showcase guest speakers including:

  • Dawn McKinley, Chair of UK Mesothelioma Alliance

  • Sarah Morgan, Mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Mavis Nye, mesothelioma patient and campaigner

  • Professor Sanjay Popat, Consultant Thoracic Medical Oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Professor of Thoracic Oncology at the Institute of Cancer Research.

  • Paul Cook, mesothelioma patient and campaigner

  • David Gold, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Vice-President.

Mesothelioma – or ‘meso’ – is a fatal form of cancer most commonly diagnosed years after exposure to asbestos. It most commonly is found in the lining of the chest wall but it can also appear in the lining of the abdomen.

It affects around 2,500 people every year in the UK alone – and tragically, the UK has one

of the highest rates in the world.

Prognosis of meso is difficult to assess as symptoms each patient suffer from are different, as well as varying rates that each patient’s disease will progress.

It is far more common to have mesothelioma in the chest than in the abdomen and both diseases are more common in men than in women, but this could also be attributed to the appalling working conditions that proportionately affected men more in the 1960s-70s due to working in shipyards or construction.

This is why the fight for improved clinical research, legislative change and social justice

are important – because although the use of asbestos in the UK is confined to the history books, the after-effects continue to be seen in our present and our future.

That’s why we invite you to take the time to give witness to or take part in this year’s

Virtual Action Mesothelioma Day.

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