Action Mesothelioma Day â€“ 6 July 2018
Action Mesothelioma Day is held every year in the UK to increase awareness of asbestos-related illnesses and the dangers of asbestos exposure and pay tribute to all those people suffering with the mesothelioma cancer.
The UK has the worldâ€™s highest incidence with more than 2,700 people diagnosed with mesothelioma each year and this number is increasing. The rising number of patients is directly linked to the UKâ€™s continued import and use of asbestos into the late 1990s.
More than 2,500 people die each year from mesothelioma in England and Wales alone.
The Health and Safety Executive predicts that there will continue to be around 2,500 mesothelioma deaths each year until the end of the decade with many thousands more deaths in the future .
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What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a particular form of tumour almost always associated with exposure to asbestos. It has been recognised by the medical profession since the 1960s.
Even relatively low exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma. You do not have to first suffer fromÂ asbestosisÂ in order to get mesothelioma. It also has no connection with cigarette smoking.
It is caused when fine asbestos fibres become lodged in the tissues of the body after they have been inhaled (or ingested). They then cause inflammation as the body tries to break down the almost indestructible fibres. The bodyâ€™s defence mechanisms try to break down the fibres but sometimes the â€śmesothelial cellsâ€ť in the body become abnormal and develop into tumours.
Tumours can occur on the lining of the lung which is known as the â€śpleuraâ€ť (a thin, transparent membrane that covers the lungs and lines the inside of the chest walls).
Alternatively, tumours sometimes appear on a similar lining between your bowel and the abdominal and pelvic cavities that is known as the â€śperitoneumâ€ť.
Any exposure to asbestos carries a lifetime risk of mesothelioma. There is no cure for mesothelioma. Research continues to be funded by charities such as Mesothelioma UK and the British Lung Foundation.
Pleural Mesothelioma â€“ Symptoms
Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pains, lower back pains, persistent coughing, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite or difficulty in swallowing. At first a person with mesothelioma may be breathless only during heavy exertion, but as lung function drops, sufferers can become short of breath even while resting. The mesothelioma may also be accompanied by pleural thickening and/or pleural effusion.
As the disease progresses the tumour spreads by direct invasion of surrounding tissue. Inward growth of the tumour can compress the lungs. As the tumour spreads outward it can invade the chest wall and ribs, and this can be extremely painful.
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Support groups provide a vital opportunity not only for those suffering this disease to share experiences but also for their families and carers so that they can gain an understanding of the illness, treatment options and likely future needs.
Local support groups can address the needs of patients, provide them with help when needed, offer companionship and organise social activities.
Asbestos Disease Support Groups in the North East of England
|Both groups below are social and informal for all whose lives have been affected by mesothelioma while providing information and support to sufferers and their families.|
|Name||North Tyneside Support Group|
|Telephone||0191 257 5448 â€“ Linda Scott|
|Frequency||Last Friday of each month (excluding August and December) 11am – 1pm|
|Venue||Walkerville Community Centre, Pinewood Close, Walkerville, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 4SZ|
|Name||South Tyneside Support Group|
|Telephone||0191 415 1460 â€“ Ray Turnbull|
|Frequency||First Thursday of each month 10.30am – 12.30pm|
|Venue||Woodbridge Gardens, Oxclose Road, Washington, NE38 7NZ|
Darlington & Morpeth
|Name||Paul Readhead Asbestos Support and Awareness Group (PRASAG)|
|Telephone||Samantha â€“ 07929 391 529|
|Services||Support groups for people with mesothelioma/asbestos related disease and their carers, set up with regional Mesothelioma UK Nurse Specialist An opportunity to share information on issues relating to mesothelioma including symptoms, treatments and practical advice. Sessions are free of charge and refreshments are provided. Home visits also available.|
|Venues||Blackwell Grange, Darlington, DL3 8QH, Held the first Tuesday of each month from 11am – 1pm
Morpeth Golf Club, Morpeth, NE61 2BT, Held the second Tuesday of each 11am â€“ 1pm
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