Mesothelioma UK - 'Supporting Our Armed Forces' Project

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 specifically for the Armed Forces patients and their family and friends -
  • 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


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:

Forces/Veterans Health and Well being Day

Monday 5th November | Suffolk

Event to support armed forces personnel, veterans / ex-forces, their families / friends by providing information about the services and help available to them.

Come and speak to colleagues about our service for Armed Forces and veterans.

Armed Forces Community Covenant event, as part of the RBL Poppy Appeal. Organised by the Suffolk Mind Organisation & The Quay Conference Centre.

Click here for more information.

Bury St Edmunds Heritage Christmas Market 

Sunday 25 November 2018 | Bury St Edmunds

Located in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds, the Christmas fayre offers visitors a wide range of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts and gifts as well as an inspired selection of food and drink from the region and around the world.

Come and find out more about the Mesothelioma UK - supporting our Armed Forces service here.

Click here for further information.

Armed Forces Day 2019

29 June 2019 | Salisbury

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 2019

Leaflets available to download