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How your gender affects your experience of mesothelioma

26 November 2020

Working with Sheffield Univeristy and HASAG Asbestos Disease Support, the asbestos support group for London and the South-east, the charity Mesothelioma UK has published a new study of the way your gender can affect your experience of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is often  diagnosed after a person has retired, and sometimes a long time after. The report…

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Wolverhampton Company Tests a Way of Rendering Some Asbestos Harmless

26 November 2020

Thermal Recycling in Wolverhampton received an Innovate UK ‘Smart Grant’ to develop a new method for turning asbestos roof sheets into a compound that can be safely used as aggregate for road building. The process involves ‘denaturing’ the asbestos. They have tested the kiln 200 times and hope to go into full production next year.…

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People waiting for benefits and compensation start to see their claims being processed again

20 November 2020

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum understands that – following its campaign to get claims processed again – claims for Industrial Injuries Diabalement Benefit which relate to asbestosis and pleural thickening have started to be processed after a delay of more than eight months since the onset of Covid-19.  Two cases in our region have…

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Immunotherapy treatment for mesothelioma has been made more widely available until March 2021 because of Covid-19

20 November 2020

The type of treatment for someone suffering from mesothelioma will depend on the type of mesothelioma, on the stage of the mesothelioma, their general health and fitness and their personal preferences. There is more than one type of treatment. Immunotherapy is a form of treatment that helps the immune system to fight the mesothelioma and…

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More Places Available Now For “Asbestos: Real and Present Danger”

11 November 2020

Please note that on Friday 27 November we have organised a webinar for Trade Union health and safety reps to draw attention to the ‘Real and Present Danger’ from asbestos in the contemporary workplace. Originally there were 80 places and these have already been taken, but we have just found a way to expand the…

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The dangers from asbestos in our schools

5 November 2020

There has been a lot of concern recently about the risks to teachers and pupils from Covid-19, but another danger facing them comes from asbestos in our schools.   The Office for National Statistics reports that 91 British teachers and classroom assistants died of mesothelioma between 2001 and 2016. The figure rises to 305 when…

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Asbestos is still making people seriously ill

3 November 2020

A new study of 4,000 mesothelioma cases in Canada, stretching back over 25 years, has found that as occupational exposure to asbestos has gradually reduced the number of cases arising from exposure outside the workplace has seemed to increase. This is probably because of better detection of what were previously undiagnosed cases, but it highlights…

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Lung cancer awareness month

1 November 2020

This week we enter a new lockdown period in England. By coincidence November is also #LungCancerAwarenessMonth. There are different kinds of lung cancer and it can have different causes, including occupational hazards such as asbestos. Some of the symptoms can be confused with Covid-19 or Long Covid – particularly a persistent cough and a feeling…

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