Mesothelioma is still quite a rare cancer, however, more than 2,600 people are diagnosed each year with the disease. It can occur in the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or less commonly in the abdomen. There are five times as many men diagnosed than woman, possibly due to greater industrial exposure to asbestos which causes most cases of pleural mesothelioma.
Asbestos was widely used after 1945, but it can take 15-60 years after exposure for mesothelioma to develop. The North East has a high rate of diagnosis, maybe due to the popularity of local industries such as shipbuilding, automotive and construction establishments, and the use of asbestos in all of these.
Following discussions with Chris Knighton, founder of Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund, FACT launched the first meeting in November, with a cookery demonstration from Nick Fairley from Cooking4Life. This vital group is kindly supported by Sintons, Thompsons and Irwin Mitchell solicitors. The sessions are open to those diagnosed with an asbestos related cancer, their families, friends, carers and those bereaved.
The need for support following a cancer diagnosis is great. The requirements of those affected are taken into account at our asbestos related cancer support group, where you will specifically have access to legal support, information about entitled benefits, FACT counselling services, family support and all our other services; not forgetting a lovely afternoon tea and guest speakers.
This particular group is held on the third Tuesday of the month, 1.30-3.30pm at Denise Robertson House.
If you would like more information or to book to join us, please contact Leanne or Joy on 0191 442 0833 option ‘0’ or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.