A Mesowarriors Diary Living with Mesothelioma. – Louis had a haircut- the figures for Mesothelioma- Asbestos mistake at Stonehenge

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Good Morning, it is a lovely day at the moment but they are promising rain. They were wrong yesterday though so I will carry on and do the washing.

We had a good day although Louis will not think so. He had a hair cut and the dog groomers has shaved him. Ray always takes him to the van and louis didn’t want to go. He laid so low to the pavement that a neighbour thought the silly dog had broken his legs so could not stand.

Ray bought him back home and louis hid the rest of the day like he didn’t want to be seen naked,

We did get a walk in but the park was so busy. One woman was exercising over 6 Staffs all off the lead and running wild. I kept Louis well away from them as I didn’t know how a pack of them would behave around this very silly looking dog with a shaved body and a fancy ears and tail. I’m sure they would have bullied him and took the micky.


So much to catch up on yesterday on the computer. So many messages and help needed. Just a chat to help those so wrapped up in their illness or partners. I like to think it’s because I have put my name out there and so people are finding me not that Mesothelioma is still on the rising scale.

I want to see the scale flat lining not rising,

According to Cancer Research the figures are leveling off

Mesothelioma incidence rates have increased significantly in Great Britain since the late 1970s For men, European AS incidence rates increased almost five-fold between 1979-1981 and 2009-2011. The rise is slightly less for women, with rates increasing more than four-fold between 1979-1981 and 2009-2011. For both sexes, most of the increase occurred before the early 2000s.

Most mesothelioma cases are caused by past exposure to asbestos. Trends in mesothelioma incidence correlate with the rise and fall of asbestos exposure in the UK in the 20th century, which is estimated to have peaked around 1963 and decreased rapidly thereafter.

Mesothelioma symptoms appear on average around 40 years after exposure to asbestos, with very few cases within 15 years of exposure and some cases up to 67 years after exposure.This long latency period, combined with the sharp drop in asbestos exposure after the 1960s, means that the peak in incidence is probably yet to be reached. It is predicted that mesothelioma incidence rates in south-east England will peak in the 2020s then decline (males) or stabilise (females): this is a similar timeframe to that predicted for mesothelioma mortality in Great Britain

Mesothelioma (C45), European Age-Standardised Incidence Rates per 100,000 Population, by Sex, Great Britain, 1979-2011


The figures are still way to high so we must plug away for research funding.

Mesothelioma incidence is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates being in older people. In the UK between 2009 and 2011, an average of 46% of cases were diagnosed in men and women aged 75 years and over, and 8% were diagnosed in the under-60s

Age-specific incidence rates rise steeply in males and gradually in females from around age 50-54, peaking in the 80-84 age group for males and in the 75-79 group for females. Incidence rates are higher for males than females aged 50 and over (this gap is not significant at younger ages), and this gap is widest at age 80-84, when the male:female incidence ratio of age-specific rates (to account for the different proportions of males to females in each age group) is almost 92:10.

asbestos in schools

We are seeing younger cases and I believe this is that school children are contaminated in old schools that are riddled with asbestos and its getting old and crumbling.

Also DIY. We forget the children playing around us as we drill a hole in the wall, or pull that white stuff that is lagging a pipe as we rip out our old kitchen, or take off all the Artex from the ceilings or walls.

We must be more aware of asbestos in the home. Spend out on a survey of your home as we need to know where the asbestos is. Then the expert will tell you whether it should be removed, if yes then let the expert do it as he will do it safely.

Just a little paying out now could save you from this dreadful asbestos disease’s later in life.

I would rather see a person handing out asbestos awareness leaflets than double glazing.


This was a sad case and should never have happened.

A main road next to Stonehenge has been closed permanently and the section of the A344 in Wiltshire is closed both ways to traffic and was dug up and grassed over. English Heritage wanted to close the road to “restore the dignity” of the World Heritage Site.

It was then discovered that asbestos the size of bricks was in the soil used for this work by the contractors. A dreadful thing to have happened but it was seen straight away and English Heritage called the contractors back immediately to rectify this by digging it all up and getting rid about 3 weeks ago.

A  spokesperson for English Heritage said “To avoid any inconvenience to the public and our visitors, this work took place over a couple of nights, outside of normal visiting hours.

“There was no cover up in any sense – we had no option but to carry out the work outside visitor opening times.

“The contractors would have worn protective clothing because that is a standard procedure.

“The road runs directly past the circle, about 40 yards away, so there was no way we could have done it in daytime.

“We wish it hadn’t happened and it caused us some delay but it did not impact on the visitor experience at the site.”

Having traveled from the M3 to Dorset Devon and Cornwall so many times we know how congested this area is.

People crawl past to have a look at the ancient site and the already busy road becomes a slow crawl.

I love the mystic of Stonehenge and when we were younger and allowed to go right up to the stones I always thought you could feel a vibration when we touched them.

My Dad has carved his name on the stone in the 55’s so I always look to find it again.

We used to go there in my dads motor bike and sidecar. In my married life we have always visited.

I believe they are taking down the fence and visitors will be allowed right up t the stones again.

I don’t know what will happen now but I bet the contractors will be in trouble but I wonder where they got the soil from. It has to be a pile somewhere from a demolition site and the Asbestos has been disposed safely. This has highlighted the problems and it really must be resolved as I expect it is a problem throughout the country.

Rays Blog https://mesoandme.wordpress.com/


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