The South West Mesothelioma Support Group to host event for those affected by mesothelioma

27 Jun 2014 by under Events

Saltram House Plympton UK courtesy Plymouth Herald 100x100 The South West Mesothelioma Support Group to host event for those affected by mesotheliomaOn July 4, a special event will be held at the Saltram House in Plympton, U.K., in memory of those affected by one of the deadliest forms of cancer, .

The event, taking place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Action Mesothelioma Day, is being organized by the and is open to anyone who has been personally affected by mesothelioma in their lifetime.

Mesothelioma and lung cancer nurse specialist Sarah Earl told the Plymouth Herald, “This is an important date to help raise awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure. It is also an opportunity to come together to support all those people affected by this disease and to remember those who have died from it in the south west. This will be the fourth memorial event that we have held at Saltram and feedback from previous years has been very positive with people from all over the region coming together to raise awareness and offer support to each other. Come along and join us for a cream tea, dove release and a short gathering at the memorial tree. Please feel free to lay a single stemmed flower at the tree if you wish.”

In the United Kingdom, more than 2,000 individuals are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. The cancerous disease is uncommon, but covers the lungs, abdomen or, rarely, the heart in infected tissues. Although men are nearly five times more likely to develop the mesothelioma than women, anyone who has had any past exposure to asbestos, brief or extended, is at risk. Although asbestos may not be dangerous in its natural form, when crushed or broken (such as in renovation or removal projects) the asbestos’ microscopic fibers can be ingested or inhaled, thus starting the vicious disease.

The South West Mesothelioma Support Group is known to be very proactive in its support of mesothelioma patients and caregivers. For more information on how to get involved with the group or to confirm attendance at the event, please contact Sarah Earl on 01752 763665 or email

The Plymouth Herald

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