The City of York Council will illuminate the city walls in blue today to mark Action Mesothelioma Day.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer usually caused by inhaling asbestos dust. More than 2,600 people are diagnosed with it every year and although it develops very slowly, it is often fatal. There are currently about 2,500 deaths from mesothelioma each year in the UK.
Councilor Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and public health, said: “Mesothelioma is a cancer that develops very slowly but is ultimately fatal. It often takes a long time to develop, with people showing the first symptoms in 30 to 40 years.” years after they were first exposed to asbestos.
“Each year, events are held across the country to commemorate all the lives lost to mesothelioma and – through the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK – to raise money for medical research.
City of York Council said it was proud to play a role in raising awareness of this terrible disease and encouraging residents to support the Forum’s fundraising.”
Anyone affected by mesothelioma in Yorkshire can find information, support and practical advice through MEsothelioma Support Yorkshire (MESSY).
Donations to the Asbestos Victims Support Groups’ Forum UK can be made online.