Mesothelioma awareness, 5 things you need to know

Mesothelioma awareness, 5 things you need to know

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Whilst it accounts for only 1% of new cancer cases in the UK, it is estimated that 7 people will be diagnosed with mesothelioma every single day. It’s a heartbreaking disease. 

It is a condition that is at the very core of Icesupp and so we are extremely passionate to support Mesothelioma UK in their Don’t Let The Dust Settle campaign. 

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Who is at risk?

Asbestos has been widely used in buildings and construction projects for many years and so there are lots of occupations that are considered to be at a higher risk of asbestos exposure. 

Construction or shipbuilding are exceptionally high risk but those working in emergency services and even schools can be at a greater risk of developing mesothelioma. 

If you work in an industry that may expose you to asbestos, follow proper safety protocols and use all available protective equipment. 

If you live in a period or dated building or suspect there may be asbestos present, it's incredibly important to have it inspected for asbestos-containing materials and have them removed by a licensed professional. You shouldn’t attempt to remove asbestos yourself, any exposure without proper protective equipment or training can put you and your family at risk.

Common symptoms to look out for

Typical symptoms of mesothelioma can vary depending on the location of the cancer, but will often include chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and coughing. It’s important to remember that it can take many years before you start to experience symptoms linked to asbestos exposure and all potential symptoms should be taken seriously.

If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past and are experiencing any of these symptoms, even if exposure or suspected exposure was decades ago, it's important to speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Treatment options

There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma, but treatment options are available to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. These options may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

Support available

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are brilliant support groups and resources available to help you and your family cope with the emotional and financial challenges of a mesothelioma diagnosis.

  • Mesothelioma UK: A national charity that provides specialist mesothelioma information, support and education, and funding for research in the UK.
  • Macmillan Cancer Support: A charity that provides practical, medical and financial support to those affected by cancer, including Mesothelioma patients and their families.
  • Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation: A UK-based charity that provides information, support and research funding for lung cancer patients, including those with Mesothelioma.
  • British Lung Foundation: A charity focused on lung and respiratory conditions that offer support and information for those struggling with conditions related to lung health, including Mesothelioma.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau: Provides free, confidential and impartial advice on various issues, including financial and legal advice for Mesothelioma patients and their families.

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Raising awareness

The Don’t Let The Dust Settle campaign needs our help! 

In a bid to encourage the UK Government to take its handling of asbestos and its removal more seriously, Mesothelioma UK is collecting signatures to ask the government for a central register of asbestos sites and condition status reports for these buildings.

Sign the petition now.