There are almost 2500 new cases of mesothelioma in the UK each year. This number is expected to rise by 100-200 a year until at least 2015. An estimated 250-300 of these new cases each year will be in the northern region.
Many thousands more are diagnosed with, or suffer from other asbestos related conditions including asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural plaques.
The need for effective and ongoing action was recognised by the TUC and major trade unions in the region, leading to the formation of the Northern TUC Asbestos Support & Campaign Group.
The Group is a partnership between the Northern TUC, trade unions, West View Advice & Resource Centre Ltd and Macmillan Cancer Support. It offers FREE, confidential information, advice and support to anyone with an asbestos related or industrial disease in the North East and North Cumbria.
For those suffering from: Mesothelioma; Asbestosis; Pleural Thickening; Lung Cancer or any other occupational cancer it can help with:
- Welfare benefits and support: applying for benefits, appealing against benefit decisions, health costs such as prescriptions and travel to hospital, applying for local authority financial support and charitable grants, requesting a blue disabled parking badge
- Independent legal advice and representation
- Information about other related services
Appointments can be arranged at a patient's home, across the northern region offices, or in a health care setting, usually within a week of the first contact/referral.