Asbestos workers: heroes of our time Mesothelioma survivor Mavis Nye; founder and President of the European Asbestos Forum Dr Yvonne Waterman; and construction sector business consultant Terry Irving offer their perspectives on asbestos today related illnesses are not on the decline, however. Asbestos is a much bigger issue than society realises and has serious detrimental effects on the population, economy and the environment. Much more effort should be put into raising awareness and denaturation of asbestos.
Taking action on mesothelioma, by Mavis Nye Mesothelioma is not an old man’s disease anymore. We lost a lovely young lady, wife, and mother of two very young children very recently. We have several young people, even 19-year-olds, and many in their 20s and 30s. It is showing in young people from contamination in schools. For every teacher that is dying there is a class of children who have been contaminated; we have tradesmen working where asbestos is present in the home and workplace; there are children affected by their parents’ DIY. Just because asbestos has been banned in some countries it doesn’t mean it isn’t present in all our lives. 20 | AsbestosHUB Magazine
There are many more asbestos victims than statistics reflect and medical science is discovering evidence for ‘new’ asbestos related diseases all the time – consider laryngeal cancer, ovarian cancer, with serious suspicions regarding throat and stomach cancer. Such data should be reflected in government policy. Some believe that asbestosrelated deaths are plateauing. The fact is that we are surviving now. We no longer just rely on chemotherapy, because there are alternative medications and far more surgical procedures. This does not change the fact that asbestos
ActionMeso Our ongoing mission and campaign, ActionMeso (actionmeso.org) is the first instance of so many patient support groups and charities joining forces to raise awareness of mesothelioma. We have two clear goals: awareness and eradication. We want to make every person in the UK aware of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. This has grown into a great campaign with the help of MPs, anyone involved in asbestos and training, lawyers, nurses, doctors and of course, patients and carers. Raising money for mesothelioma research The Mavis Nye Charity is raising money for research and for a Mesothelioma UK nurse in Canterbury. Join the organisation on Friday 2 July between 12.30 and 1.30pm for a special event hosted by broadcaster, academic and peritoneal mesothelioma patient, Kate Williams. Register now at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ action-mesothelioma-day2021-national-virtual-eventtickets-153642987311 www.mavisnyefoundation.com theasbestoshub.com