“This is an important day to remember the impact that mesothelioma – a fatal disease caused by asbestos – has on individuals, families and communities across Inverclyde and Scotland”, said Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) in recognition of Action Mesothelioma Day on Friday 3rd July.
More than 2,000 people per year in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma and there are also at least a further 2,000 cases of lung cancer that are also likely to be caused by asbestos exposure. The aim of Action Mesothelioma Day is to raise awareness of this asbestos related cancer (and other asbestos related diseases). It also provides a focus on the work that has been done to support those who have been diagnosed with the disease, as well as other asbestos-related diseases, and to work for better legislation and healthcare to protect those who may come into contact with asbestos in the future.
Stuart McMillan added;
“This is an important day to highlight the toll that mesothelioma is taking on many families across Scotland and especially Inverclyde which has one of the highest levels of mesothelioma deaths in Scotland.
“I have worked with Clydeside Action on Asbestos to help support their members and all others affected by asbestos related diseases. My motion also praises Clydeside Action on Asbestos for the work that they do.
“Clydeside Action on Asbestos is Scotland’s leading charity on all aspects of asbestos and on Action on Mesothelioma Day I would like to thank them for the work they have done for over 30 years supporting people with asbestos related diseases.”
Motion Number: S4M-13576
Lodged By: Stuart McMillan
Title: Action Mesothelioma Day
That the Parliament recognises Action Mesothelioma Day, which is marked annually on the first Friday in July; understands that, according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive, more than 2,000 people per year in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma and that there are also at least a further 2,000 cases of lung cancer that are also likely to be caused by asbestos exposure; believes that, for over 30 years, Clydeside Action on Asbestos has provided information and support to people with asbestos-related conditions, and supports the work of Clydeside Action on Asbestos to campaign and to support those diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases including mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is an asbestos related cancer (usually of the lining of the lung); all cases of mesothelioma are recorded and every few years the Health and Safety Executive complete an analysis of deaths involving this disease.
Clydeside Action on Asbestos is Scotland’s leading anti-asbestos campaigners who provide welfare rights and legal advice to people with asbestos related diseases. They can be contacted on 0141 552 8852.