Last week Lucy joined mesothelioma sufferers, family members and campaigners to mark Action Mesothelioma Day 2015 in the City Centre.
The event, held annually since 2006, aims to raise awareness of the illness, a malignant lung disease which results mainly from exposure to asbestos. In the UK, someone dies every five hours from mesothelioma, and workers in Manchester have been particularly at risk, due to the historically high levels of asbestos in the area. The Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group saw nearly 300 people newly diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in 2014. 135 of these had been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Currently there is no known cure for mesothelioma and prognosis is poor, with only 1 in 10 surviving three years after their diagnosis. At the event last week, Lucy heard from bereaved family members who’ve lost a relative to mesothelioma, including Margaret Poole, who chaired the rally and spoke about her partner Terry, who she sadly lost to mesothelioma last year.
Thank you to everyone who organised this year’s event and especially to all those who spoke so movingly about their loved ones who’ve been victims to this terrible disease. With so many new cases being diagnosed each year in Manchester, it’s so important that the government commit to funding research into the disease.
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