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2nd Annual Mesothelioma Action Day to Be Held on 2/27/07

On February 27th the second annual Action Mesothelioma Day will be celebrated across the UK. Sponsored by the British Lung Foundation, the goal is to raise awareness of mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

The United Kingdom has the largest mesothelioma rate in the world and recently experts have predicted that total deaths could top 120,000 in the next few decades.

The disease can develop up to 60 years after exposure to asbestos and because of the latency it is expected that the number of UK cases will continue to rise until 2015.

The campaign also promotes the Mesothelioma Charter created last year. The 15-point charter calls for better treatment, employee protection, and more funding for research. It was presented to government offices on February 27th, 2006 with more than 14,000 signatures marking the beginning of the Action Mesothelioma campaign.

You can view the charter on the British Lung Foundation website by logging on to A parliamentary reception will be held as well featuring local and national lawmakers in addition to regional events hosted by asbestos support groups.

You can get involved by visiting the British Lung Foundation

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