NTTL supports Action Mesothelioma Day

Action Mesothelioma Day took place last Friday (5 July) and brought together patients, carers, families and local dignitaries in Britain for services of remembrance and hope, commemorating the thousands of lives lost to mesothelioma. The annual awareness day is organised by No Time to Lose (NTTL) campaign supporter Mesothelioma UK.

Mesothelioma is a fatal asbestos-related cancer claiming the lives of over 38,000 people worldwide every year. Last week, the HSE revealed that in 2017, 2,523 people died from mesothelioma in Great Britain. These deaths are all preventable.

To support Mesothelioma UK on Action Mesothelioma Day, IOSH’s campaigns team attended the service at Leicester Cathedral and exhibited the new co-branded pocket cards to help raise awareness of how to prevent asbestos exposure risks.

During the service, families and friends who lost their loved ones from mesothelioma wrote messages for the remembrance tree. This was followed by a dove release (symbolising hope for the future) by Lord Mayor Councillor Annette Byrne and H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Michael Kapur OBE, outside the cathedral. University of Leicester’s Professor Dean Fennell gave an update on clinical trials for mesothelioma, and Colonel Ian Crowe provided information on the Mesothelioma UK Armed Forces Project, which aims to raise awareness of the disease and establish a comprehensive shared approach to providing mesothelioma information and support for armed forces personnel and veterans.

Bev Messinger, IOSH Chief Executive, said:

“It is important to come together to remember those whose lives have been lost to this terrible cancer and to continue to raise awareness of the risks posed by exposure to asbestos, and seek solutions.

“All asbestos-related deaths are preventable. Employers and employees both have a role to play, and partners like Mesothelioma UK are vital for this campaign to work.

“I am proud we could adapt our No Time to Lose resources in this way to try to prevent more asbestos exposure cases.”

IOSH also collaborated with the international Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to share co-branded NTTL resources via its Know Asbestos website. Read a guest blog from Bev Messinger about the collaboration and watch a film of her NTTL presentation at ADAO’s International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference 2019 in Washington DC, which took place earlier this year.

For more information about Action Mesothelioma Day, read our news release.To find out how you can get involved in No Time to Lose, visit our webpage.