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Mesothelioma UK has launched a specialist, UK-wide service for armed forces personnel and veterans. This new service is called ‘Mesothelioma UK - Supporting our Armed Forces’.

Development of the service is supported by Government funding from fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR rate (the London inter-bank lending rate).  Mesothelioma UK - Supporting our Armed Forces aim to raise awareness of the disease and establish a comprehensive  shared approach to providing mesothelioma information and support for armed forces personnel and veterans.

Key facts and figures:

  • The UK has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world with around 2,700 cases per year
  • 84% of those diagnosed are male
  • The average age for someone diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma is 75 years
  • Currently eight veterans per month are claiming war pension due to a diagnosis of mesothelioma
  • It is estimated that there could be eight successful claims per month from veterans for the condition mesothelioma, totalling 480 over the next five years.*

 *Statistics from TheyWorkForYou open data from UK Parliament

The 'Mesothelioma UK - Supporting Our Armed Forces' project:

  • Provides a specialist mesothelioma nurse, based in Southampton.
  • Provides a finance and benefits advisor who can deal specifically with Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
  • Will work with multiple organisations and healthcare professionals, responsible for meeting the healthcare needs of Armed Forces personnel and veterans, to raise awareness about mesothelioma and available support.
  • Will develop and deliver a range of information resources to raise awareness of the disease within the Armed Forces and military personnel community.
  • Includes the launch of a Facebook group Armed Forces patients, their family and friends and anyone interested in finding out more - www.facebook.com/groups/mesoukarmedforces.
  • Has a comprehensive research programme that will collate all available data to quantify and describe the mesothelioma burden among the Armed Forces and also explore the experience of Armed Forces personnel in relation to mesothelioma.

If you’re a serving member of the Armed Forces, a veteran, mesothelioma patient, family member or carer, a member of an Armed Forces partner organisation or other party interested about finding out more about how Mesothelioma UK is supporting our Armed Forces, the treatments and care available, or for advice on benefits/compensation claims, please contact Mesothelioma UK

Click here for more information on benefits and compensation available to armed forces personnel and veterans affected by mesothelioma.

Armed Forces Patient Stories

Events

Below you will find a list of events organised by Mesothelioma UK and others, please join us at these events to find out more about Mesothelioma UK - Supporting Our Armed Forces:

Forest Challenge | Saturday 12 October 2019 | Kings Forest, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 

Volunteer walkers lead by well-known musician Michelle Parry will be doing the Forest Challenge on Saturday 12 October in aid of Mesothelioma UK.

The group will be taking part to raise funds and awareness for Mesothelioma UK in memory of the wife of Bury St. Edmunds music shop owner John Balaam who lost his wife in 2015 to mesothelioma.

The Forest Challenge is an annual event in the Forest that starts from the famous Anglo-Saxon Village at West Stowe.

Michelle, who herself is disabled, will be walking the route in honour of her late friend. If you would like to join Michelle and her colleagues on this picturesque 10K walk please contact John at Balaams Music (Bury St. Edmunds) on 01284 766933 for further information.

HMS Excellent Health Fair | Thursday 30 January 2020 | 10:00AM | Naval Establishment, located in Portsmouth

Mesothelioma UK - Supporting Our Armed Forces will be holding a stand at this event. The event will commence at 10:00AM and expects around 1400-1600 visitors.

You will have the opportunity to meet with our Clinical Nurse Specialists and pick up information and merchandise on the day.

Armed Forces Day 2020

27 June 2019 | Scarborough

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community

Click here to find out more about Armed Forces Day 2020.

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