Men’s Health Week: Mesothelioma is the killer few are talking about

Men's Health Week: Focus on a hidden killer

FOR many men mesothelioma is a very real threat.

Caused by exposure to asbestos fibres, it’s a cancer which affects 2,500 people every year in the UK. More than 80% of those are men.

This Men’s Health Week, the team at Acorn Analytical Services is determined to shine a light on the dangers of asbestos and why it’s so important to take steps now to protect those around you from this hidden killer.

Asbestos: From hero to zero

For generations, construction and heavy industry in the UK has been dominated by men.

While that is now changing fast, men have historically been in the majority when it comes to roles in the armed forces, shipbuilding, construction and engineering.

Throughout the 20th Century, it was those industries which were immediately attracted by the development of asbestos – a naturally occurring mineral which was not only cheap to produce but also fire retardant, strong and flexible. In the post-war era, its use became widespread in buildings, factories and even cars.

But asbestos had a hidden dark side and as its use increased so too did incidences of lung disease and mesothelioma – a cancer which affects the lungs and the stomach – in those working in these particular groups.

As evidence of its toxicity became overwhelming, the use of asbestos was eventually phased out, but it wasn’t until 1999 that its use in new buildings was finally banned by the UK Government.

But for those who think the dangers of asbestos are a thing of the past – sadly, you’re wrong.

At Acorn Analytical Services, to mark Men’s Health Week, we’re committed to driving home the message that asbestos is just as lethal as it always been, lurking in old houses and in many of the public buildings we use each and every day.

Men’s Health Week is the perfect opportunity for us to do just that.

Men’s Health Week: Time to talk about mesothelioma

While asbestos-related mesothelioma can affect of anyone, of any age or background, it does seem to be more prevalent among men, particularly those who have a history of working in construction and heavy industry.

This Men’s Health Week it’s really important for everyone to recognise the signs.

Symptoms include a cough, sweating, fatigue, shortness of breath, weight loss and chest pain and anyone showing any of these symptoms are advised to seek advice from their GP in the first instance.

For many years now, Acorn Analytical Services has supported Mesothelioma UK, the only charity in the UK dedicated to supporting people living with mesothelioma and their families.

For more information about the work they do – or to donate – visit www.mesothelioma.uk.com.

Take steps now to protect future generations

At Acorn Analytical Services we are passionate about spreading the work about the dangers of asbestos and protecting people by offering the very best service possible.

Each day, our work puts on the frontline of the battle against asbestos, providing advice, visiting our clients and offering practical help in the form of asbestos surveys, air testing and the safe management of asbestos removal.

If you are carrying out work of any kind on your home or business premises it is essential for an asbestos survey to be carried out to avoid accidental disturbance of any asbestos.

A survey must always be carried out by a professional consultant such as the team at Acorn Analytical Services who are all fully accredited by UKATA.

This Men’s Health Week make appointment to find out more.

Acorn is a professional asbestos consultancy helping organisations deal with asbestos compliance using asbestos surveysasbestos air testing, and asbestos removal management – on Men’s Health Week and every other week.

Please call one of the team, or use the online form to obtain your free quotation. If you would like further information or advice on asbestos and asbestos training, contact the team on 0844 818 0895 or Contact Us

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

Construction workers are at a much greater risk of being exposed to the dangers of asbestos

‘Asbestos awareness is crucial for everyone involved in the construction industry’

IF you work in the construction industry chances are you will come into contact with asbestos – perhaps without even realising it. With hundreds of thousands of buildings in the UK still believed to contain this highly dangerous material, even something as simple as drilling a hole could leave you vulnerable to exposure, and at … Read more

Mesothelioma can affect anyone of any age

Raising awareness of mesothelioma – a deadly cancer which kills 2,500 people every year

AS Global Asbestos Awareness Week draws to a close, we felt it was important to shine a light on the work of Mesothlioma UK, a charity which is close to all our hearts. For many years, Acorn Analytical Services has been very proud to support the work of this amazing charity which supports people living … Read more

Asbestos: Dispelling 3 common myths

Asbestos: Dispelling the myths surrounding a hidden killer which threatens us all

What does asbestos mean to you? For the vast majority of people it’s just a building material from the past, something they may know is dangerous, but something they rarely – if ever – think about. But what if we were to tell you that you are surrounded by asbestos, that despite being banned more … Read more

Asbestos isn't a headache with the Acorn Compliance Antidote

Asbestos isn’t a problem with the Acorn Compliance Antidote

AT Acorn Analytical Services we’re probably best known for the work we do supporting businesses with asbestos surveys and asbestos management. But did you also know that we offer a full package of health and safety services through our Acorn Compliance Antidote? The antidote is the perfect way to get all your health and safety … Read more

Asbestos consultancy celebrates the opening of new regional office

Asbestos company celebrates the opening of new regional office in Wolverhampton

EARLIER this month the team at Acorn Analytical Services was delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre and the Deputy Mayoress, Lynn Plant to the opening of our new asbestos management office in Wolverhampton. It was a very proud day for regional manager, Lewis Scott and his team, and Acorn’s … Read more

Emma Gooding, one of our women in construction

Women in Construction: Highlighting the work of two incredible women at the heart of our team

HIGHLY-SKILLED, talented women in construction are right at the heart of Acorn Analytical Services’ success, taking on key roles within our business and leading the fight against the UK’s asbestos epidemic. In recent years, many more women in construction have chosen to take on roles within the asbestos industry and at Acorn we do everything … Read more

Asbestos Book

Asbestos: The Dark Arts – essential reading for anyone involved in health and safety this World Book Day

AS well as being part of one of the UK’s leading asbestos consultancies, Acorn Analytical Services’ directors Ian Stone and Neil Munro have also written best-selling books on asbestos and health and safety. The books, which include their five-star rated title Asbestos: The Dark Arts, have quickly become essential reading to anyone involved in facilities … Read more

Asbestos bitesize training sessions for you and your business

Asbestos: Free bitesize sessions from the experts at Acorn will help keep your team protected from this hidden killer

IT may have been banned from new buildings more than 20 years ago but asbestos still poses a huge threat to the health and wellbeing of our society. Thousands of buildings – including many schools – still contain asbestos which can go on to cause deadly cancer if it is damaged or disturbed releasing microscopic … Read more

Asbestos analyst Jake is a shining star

Asbestos analyst Jake is a shining example of how apprenticeships can be a huge success for everyone

IT’S National Apprenticeship Week and what better way to celebrate than by shining the spotlight on asbestos analyst, Jake Newell. Jake joined Acorn Analytical Services as an apprentice in 2021 and since then he has completed his training, shown outstanding commitment and dedication to his role and been recognised for his efforts by winning – … Read more

2022 - A big year in the fight against asbestos

2022: A big year for Acorn Analytical Services in the fight against a hidden killer

2022 was a big year for the team of experts at multi award-winning asbestos management consultancy, Acorn Analytical Services. It was a year which saw the business grow and develop, we took on new staff and we helped support businesses, charities and organisations right across the UK by helping to manage their asbestos and raise … Read more