Action Mesothelioma Day: Each year, hundreds of people gather in cities across the UK to raise awareness of mesothelioma, to call for better treatment and care for mesothelioma patients, for prevention of exposure to asbestos and to ban the export of asbestos to developing countries.
We are holding our Action Mesothelioma Day (AMD) event, on Thursday 7th July at Walkerville Community Centre, Pinewood Close, Newcastle upon Tyne between 10.15am and 2pm.
Action Mesothelioma Day began in 2006 and is now a national event, bringing together mesothelioma patients, their families, health and legal professionals, and all those who have been affected by this devastating disease.
The Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, Dr Penny Wood and Dr Alistair Greystoke, Medical Oncologist at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, along with other experts in the field of asbestos-related disease and mesothelioma in particular, will be in attendance.
Following the seminar, white doves symbolising Love, Hope and Remembrance will be released in the gardens outside the Centre, honouring those whose lives have been lost to this devastating cancer.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a natural occurring fibre, which was widely used in construction and other industries until the late 1990s.The use of products containing asbestos was banned in 1999. However, there is still tons of the stuff found in buildings today.
The deadly fibres lie dormant for anything from 15 to 50 years. In the UK about 2500 people per year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. The UK has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world; however exposure to asbestos in developing nations will have a significant impact on global health for decades to come.
Quote from organiser to attend Action Mesothelioma Day and/or include the name of a loved one in the Commemorative Roll Call, contact Chris Knighton tel: 07706469111 or email: Chris.Knighton@mkmrf.org.uk
All monies raised will go towards research into mesothelioma via the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund (MKMRF) and Mesothelioma UK.
MKMRF was created by founder, Chris Knighton after her husband died from mesothelioma. It has funded several medical research programmes, set up the first mesothelioma and tissue database in Europe www.MesobanK.com and funds the first mesothelioma Clinical Nurse Specialist in the North East.