Names of cancer victims read out at event at Sheffield Cathedral

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South Yorkshire Asbestos Victim Support Group gathered at Sheffield Cathedral to mark Action Mesothelioma Day.

The event was organised to remember those killed by the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in the region.

Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, attended the event, which began with a roll call of names of victims being read out.

Other speakers included Sheffield MPs Paul Blomfield and Louise Haigh alongside representatives from the June Hancock Mesothelioma research Fund.

Action Mesothelioma Day, which first started in 2006, is an annual event held on the first Friday in July to raise awareness about mesothelioma and the continuing hazards of asbestos in the UK.

Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, which mainly affects the pleural cavity surrounding the lungs.

There is no cure for mesothelioma and the average survival is just 10 months from diagnosis.

To find out more about the South Yorkshire Asbestos Victim Support Group call 01709 360672.

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