Why we still need Action For Mesothelioma Day

Action Mesothelioma Day 2018 in ManchesterIf you think that the devastating legacy of asbestos is confined to the history books then you are wrong – 2,595 people died in 2016 from the asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma.

Every year between 2,500 and 2,700 people continue to die from mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust and fibres in the past. Predictions of mesothelioma deaths peaking and falling have been woefully premature. In the past ten years, the number of deaths from mesothelioma has rocketed by nearly a third.

No-one expects the UK’s mesothelioma death rate to fall

At the moment no-one expects the UK’s mesothelioma death rate to dramatically fall. The Department of Work and Pensions has suggested that more than 53,000 British people will die from mesothelioma between 2013 and 2037.

This is why we still need Action For Mesothelioma Day.

This is why every year on the first Friday in July, in cities across the UK, events and conferences are held to draw attention to the ongoing plight of mesothelioma. The day highlights the difficulties for those suffering whilst remembering those who have lost their fight to asbestos related diseases. The day also raises awareness of the continuing dangers of exposure to asbestos and the need for better research into treatments.

This is why Helen Bradley’s Asbestos Team in Manchester – specialists in recovering compensation for those affected by asbestos diseases – attended the annual Action for Mesothelioma Day organised by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG), on 6th July 2018.

Injustice is never forgotten

The team gathered to take part in the event which started at Albert Square in Manchester. There were a number of speeches by local MP’s, including Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston), Lucy Powell (Manchester Central) and Ivan Lewis (Bury South).

Kate Green made a moving speech and said: ‘The solidarity of one generation of sufferers to the next is beautiful to see… Injustice is never forgotten or overlooked…’

A powerful and impassioned speech was also brought by Claudette Drews, the wife of Steve Drews, who sadly passed away from Mesothelioma. She argued that the purpose of the day was to raise awareness and to call for action. She wanted to call upon the government to give mesothelioma attention and to protect workers.

Helen said: “These moving speeches were then followed by the release of white doves to symbolise hope and remembrance. Hope for a better future and remembrance of the memories of those who have been affected. This was an extremely poignant event and it was extremely emotive.”

Fight for justice for mesothelioma

The crowd then gathered at the Friends Meeting House for a public meeting. The co-ordinator of the GMAVSG gave a presentation about the campaigns that the group had undertaken and also highlighted that we need to be prepared to keep up the fight for justice for mesothelioma and asbestos victims whilst never forgetting the strain for families.

Helen added: “The team was proud to attend and be a part of the fight for justice for those suffering from this devastating disease.  And we will all continue to mark Action for Mesothelioma Day and attend these vital annual events until mesothelioma is history.”