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How much did the boss know?

2 February 2021

People are sometimes appalled to discover that they were exposed to asbestos during their working life. But equally often, they will say, ‘We worked with asbestos all the time. No one knew any better in those days. We thought it was a safe material to use.’ Their manager, or the owner of the firm, may…

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Is this daylight robbery or a hidden tax on disabled people?

29 January 2021

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum has today accused the government of robbing people disabled by asbestos related diseases. They say, “Despite requests to the Department of Work and Pensions for action, victims of asbestosis and pleural thickening are being robbed of their full compensation under the Workers’ Compensation Act 1979 . We ask for…

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Have you been a seafarer?

27 January 2021

When we talk to them about their work history, one of the more colourful questions we ask people is, ‘Have you been a seafarer?’ It usually brings a smile to people’s faces, as most of them have been determined landlubbers. The nearest they might have got to seafaring is a river cruise down the Rhine…

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Be careful where you go for on-line information

19 January 2021

People who have asbestos related diseases need to be careful when they search on-line for information, guidance and support. This is often the natural thing to do when you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with one of these diseases. Look carefully at who is providing the information you find on-line Our advice…

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Are there hidden dangers lurking in your make-up?

15 January 2021

Talcum is a mineral which is often found alongside deposits of asbestos. When the talcum, or talc, is mined asbestos can be collected inadvertently at the same time. Any asbestos is supposed to be removed when the talc is refined into a powder. Where is talc used in cosmetics? Talc is commonly used as a…

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January’s Mesothelioma Matters Webinar on Mesothelioma Surgery

13 January 2021

Mesotheiloma UK is inviting anyone with mesothelioma, their carers and people who support them in various ways, to its next Mesothelioma Matters Webinar. It will take place on 25th January at 4pm. Mesothelioma Surgery John Edwards, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Sheffield Hospital, will talk about mesothelioma surgery in the UK. His talk will include an…

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Don’t feel you have to delay asking for help during the Covid-19 winter crisis

12 January 2021

The charity Mesothelioma UK is advising patients not to delay asking for help if they need it during the Covid-19 winter crisis. News broadcasts on TV, and articles in the press, are telling us that hospitals are exceptionally busy. This is true, but if you have an asbestos related disease and need to ask for…

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Why palliative care can help

12 January 2021

It can be a shock, and very disappointing, when the oncologist says that – in their opinion – the best available treatment is palliative care. Deciding the best treatment for a patient is always a balance. The patient and their doctor have to weigh the likely benefits and the likely side effects. These might make…

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The Founder of Worcester Bosch Boilers Died From Mesothelioma

7 January 2021

The closing days of last year saw the death of Cecil Duckworth. Mr Duckworth founded Worcester Bosch, one of the leading manufacturers of central heating boilers. His wife Beatrice reflected that he must have been exposed to asbestos dust, almost the sole cause of mesothelioma, when he was making the first boilers. At the time…

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Our Christmas & New Year Wishes

16 December 2020

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum is hoping that Christmas and the New Year bring justice for victims of Asbestosis & Pleural Thickening. We should like Father Christmas to deliver two things. The backlog of claims for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit needs to be processed quickly and efficiently. We need an assurance from the Department…

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