Fighting back against asbestos-related cancer

Collage

Acorn Analytical Services is backing a new campaign aimed at putting asbestos and asbestos-related diseases in the national spotlight to raise awareness and eradicate the material and the devastating conditions it causes.

Campaign group, Action Meso, is uniting those impacted by mesothelioma – an incurable but preventable cancer caused by asbestos – to give them a stronger voice. Every year around 2,500 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease. Life expectancy for those diagnosed with stage 1 mesothelioma is around 20 months whilst those diagnosed later may have a life expectancy of just 15 months or less.

Action Meso is working on plans for major events, such as Action Mesothelioma Days starting with a virtual event in 2021, and, in the meantime, they want their supporters to use the campaign’s selfie boards to create memorable posts on social media using #ActionMeso.

We’ve had lots of fun in the office creating pictures for our selfie board to promote #ActionMeso but there’s a serious message behind what we’re doing. Sadly, we expect more people to be diagnosed with this condition over the coming years because the time between exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma ranges between 10 and 70 years. However, with all the information we have on asbestos these days and with organisations like ours offering businesses and individuals help to manage their asbestos safely there is no reason that any new cases should be being caused today or in the future.

We’re supporting Action Meso because this campaign sees patient support groups, charities, professional bodies, patients, carers, healthcare experts and industry professionals coming together for the first time with one single voice. By raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos they are giving us all a golden opportunity to bring about an end to the creation of new cases in this country.

How you can back Action Meso

Please help us by backing Action Meso so we can bring about an end to this hidden killer. You can find out more about the campaign at https://www.actionmeso.org

In the meantime, if your business needs help to deal with managing asbestos contact us to find out about our step-by-step service, the Acorn Asbestos Antidote, which takes firms from non-compliance through to full compliance with the law and ensures any asbestos no longer poses a danger.

To find out more about the Acorn Asbestos Antidote visit www.acorn-as.com/acorn-asbestos-antidote or call 0844 818 0895.

Neil Munro

I work in a dual role at Acorn Analytical Services focused primarily on growing and leading the business from our Northampton office base. My focus is on overseeing all sales, marketing and financial activities from Northampton. I assist clients with high-level asbestos management strategies and training. Together with Ian Stone I host our weekly podcast – Asbestos Knowledge Empire and I'm Co-author of Asbestos The Dark Arts and Fear and Loathing of Health and Safety.

Need Help? Request a Call Back

Request a call back from one of our expert Asbestos Consultants who will help you identify what you need

More Asbestos Articles

Mesothelioma day 2022

Mesothelioma Day: Shining a light on the work of Mesothelioma UK

TODAY, September 26, marks Mesothelioma Day in the US, an important day to raise awareness of the disease and of the dangers of asbestos worldwide. Even though asbestos was banned from new buildings in the UK more than 20 years ago, it is a problem we all still live with. Many buildings, including factories, schools … Read more

Behind the scenes of our laboratories

The science bit: Putting the important work of our laboratories under the microscope

AMONG the experts at Acorn Analytical Services is a dedicated team of laboratory analysts who work in our in-house laboratories in Northampton and Cleckheaton. Their work involves supporting our consultants, and our clients, by analysing samples of materials which are found on-site or sent to us to be investigated. Here we take a more detailed … Read more

Time to tackle asbestos in our schools

Taking action against asbestos – a hidden danger in our schools

AS children headed back into the classroom this week asbestos continues to be a problem in schools right across for the UK. Unbelievably, more than 80% of schools still contain the material, potentially putting children and teachers at risk of serious health problems in the years to come. As one of the country’s leading asbestos … Read more

Air testing is an important tool in the fight against asbestos

Air testing: Why nothing is more important than the air you breathe

AIR testing is an important way to protect yourself from the dangers of asbestos. Using state-of-the-art analytical equipment, Acorn Analytical Services can monitor the levels of asbestos fibres present in the air around you, making it even easier to make informed decisions when it comes to keeping yourself, and the people, around you safe. Here, … Read more

Asbestos training tutor, Daniel Crask

Asbestos training has never been more critical for your workforce

DESPITE being banned from new buildings in 1999, asbestos is still all around us which is why Acorn Analytical Services takes its commitment to education and asbestos training so seriously. By raising awareness of the potential dangers of asbestos through our UKATA-accredited asbestos awareness training courses, we aim to protect your workforce from the dangers … Read more

Cutting corners with asbestos could be costly

Tempted to save money with asbestos management? It could prove to be a costly mistake

WITH talk of a looming financial crisis everywhere at the moment you might be tempted to cut come corners in a bid to save yourself some money. But when it comes to managing asbestos, or anything to do with health and safety, not doing things by the book also comes at a price. Ian Stone, … Read more

Asbestos is common in many older buildings

It’s been banned for over 20 years, but we’re still living with asbestos

LOOK up at any old building in any town or city near you and it’s highly likely it will contain asbestos. First used more than 4,000 years ago, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral used by early settlers in Finland to strengthen earthenware and cooking utensils. It came to Britain from Canada in the 1860s … Read more

Asbestos kills 20 tradespeople in the UK every day

Asbestos kills 20 tradespeople every day. Make sure you aren’t one of them

There is no room for complacency when it comes to handling asbestos as the latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show. Despite being banned in the use of new buildings since 1999, the building material, which was hugely popular in the 1950s and 1960s, is still a huge problem in older … Read more

Steve McQueen died from mesothelioma

Two cultural icons, one silent killer – mesothelioma

HOLLYWOOD actor and ‘King of Cool’ Steve McQueen and former manager of the Sex Pistols Malcolm McClaren – both global, cultural icons but, tragically, also victims of asbestos-related mesothelioma. Each year in the UK, 2,400 people – that’s six people every day – die from mesothelioma, a cancer which is caused by exposure to asbestos … Read more

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma: How much do you really know about the disease which kills 2,400 people every year?

If you’ve heard of asbestos, chances are you’ve almost certainly heard of mesothelioma. But do you really know what it is and would you know how to protect yourself, your colleagues, and your loved ones from developing this silent killer in the future? What is mesothelioma? According to charity campaign ActionMeso which is run by … Read more