The number of women with asbestos related diseases is growing

After asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 it was assumed that the number of people with an asbestos related disease would reach a peak and then start to decline. This still isn’t happening. One reason is that asbestos related diseases mostly affect older people. Life expectancy has increased by six years since 1990.…

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We’re going blue for meso on Action Mesothelioma Day!

Mesothelioma kills more than 2,400 people each year so it’s time for action! Exposure to asbestos is virtually the only cause of the incurable cancer mesothelioma in the UK. Asbestos needs to be removed from as many schools, hospitals, public buildings and homes as possible. And it needs to be removed as soon as possible.…

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Back to meeting face-to-face

We’ve started meeting face-to-face again, although we’re still taking a cautious approach to visiting people at home. On International Workers’ Memorial Day, Thursday 28 April, we hosted a reception for our supporters at our new offices in The Warehouse.  About 30 people attended.  Celebrating contributions to our work One of our trustees, Neil Vernon, gave…

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Sign the new petition: Cape Must Pay

Cape Intermediate Holdings (formerly Cape PLC) was one of the largest asbestos companies in the world. They had mining interests in South Africa as well as factories in the UK. Their asbestos products were widely used in construction in this country, especially Asbestolux and Marinite insulation boards. These products are at the heart of the…

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Landmark battle for documents that show Asbestolux manufacturer Cape knew that asbestos insulation board was dangerous

Important historical documents have been saved from destruction thanks to a court battle waged by the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK (the Forum). They will be vital to future asbestos compensation cases. The documents would have been destroyed but for the timely intervention of the Forum. They provide extraordinary evidence that the asbestos manufacturing…

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A word about the Butterfly Group

Mesothelioma is a word we had never heard of before, but it changed our lives completely. We both lost our husbands to this awful disease in 2014. Sheila lives in the apartment above me and lost her husband eight months before my husband died. We got chatting at a few of the social gatherings where…

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The HSE’s latest estimates of people being killed by asbestos

The Health and Safety Executive has just reported its latest estimates of people dying from exposure to asbestos while they were at work.  Their estimates are based on what it said on people’s death certificates. They calculate that in 2019-20 about 12,000 people died from injuries to their lungs caused at work. 4,800 died from…

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