A Diary Of A Mesowarrior Living With #Mesothelioma #asbestos Lovely Weather for Feb Will the figures for Mesothlioma really reach a peak








We can’t believe the wonderful weather we have. It’s warm and the sun is beaming every day.

The Seagulls have flown over each morning squawking away waking me up as they fly to the Beach.


They are always sitting watching us as we take Louis out.

seagull-1Yesterday I saw Catkins hanging, we call them lambs tails and the little lambs are being born in the fields around us.


We are so lucky to live at the coast and yet have the countryside on our doorstep.

Today I have been loading on new Mesowarriors to our groups on FaceBook. I dont know if its because we are being found easy. I do know MesoUK passes them our details and so many friends add them I do hope it’s that and not that the figures are still going up high. We keep being told that a peak will be reached but to be honest I dont agree with their figure.

Mesothelioma in Great Britain: annual deaths, IIDB cases and projected future deaths to 2030

The latest information from HSE  shows:

  • There were 2,515 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2014, a similar number


    the 2,556 deaths in 2013, and 2,549 deaths in 2012.

  • The latest projections suggest that there will continue to be around 2,500 deaths per year for the rest of this current decade before annual numbers begin to decline.

  • The continuing increase in annual mesothelioma deaths in recent years has been driven mainly by deaths among those aged 75 and above.

  • In 2014 there were 2,101 male deaths and 414 female deaths.

  • There were 2,130 new cases of mesothelioma assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in 2015 compared with 2,215 in 2014.

  • Men who worked in the building industry when asbestos was used extensively are now among those most at risk of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma in Great Britain: annual deaths, IIDB cases and projected future deaths to 2030.


I hope they are right but wonder if they have included DIY and The people who work stripping the Asbestos out of the buildings .

But when you see pictures like this


Whilst out on site last week, one of our surveyors found AIB padding on this old ironing board!


And Asbestos is still heavy in our schools causing the deaths of Teachers and staff and so many Children will suffer in 20/30years its no wonder we have doubts.

So many people are fighting the cause around the world, so many people are suffering with Mesothelioma they are all so admired within our community.

Mesowarriors are so great in fighting not only Mesothelioma but also the war on Asbestos. They, with their Carers and friends, raise not only Awareness but also funding for Research into the disease.








We have to get through to Governments to do the right thing and keep Asbestos out of people’s lives


About Mesothelioma

What is Cancer?

Firstly it is important to understand that cancer is not a single illness, there are many different types and mesothelioma is just one type.

Our bodies are made of tiny building blocks called cells, cancer is a disease of these cells. Cells from different parts of the body look and work differently and millions of new cells are made everyday to replace those lost through old age or wear and tear. Throughout the body new cells are produced when existing cells divide into two and there is normally a perfect balance between those that are dying and those that are dividing. This vital balance is controlled by a very complicated process, if control of this process is lost it can lead to too many cells being produced which results in a tumour. Most tumours are not cancerous (sometimes described as benign) and they remain in the area where they first developed. A wart is a common example.

The development of cancer involves a change in the quality of the cells as well an increase in the quantity. They become more aggressive, destructive and independent of normal cells. They are able to invade surrounding tissues, glands and blood vessels and thus spread away from where they started to divide and grow. When the cancer cells reach a new site they may go on dividing and form a new tumour, this is often referred to as a secondary or metastasis.

What is Mesothelioma?

Illustrated image of Lungs and Pleura
Illustrated image of Lungs and Pleura

In the UK about 2500 people a year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. It is also known as ‘diffuse’ or ‘malignant’ mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the Mesothelium.

The mesothelium is a thin membrane that lines the inner surface of:

1. The chest wall, where it is known as the pleura
2. The abdomen where it is known as the peritoneum
3. The testicles

The mesothelium also surrounds organs within these cavities for example the heart, lungs and intestines.

It is far more  common to have mesothelioma in the chest than in the abdomen.  There is approximately 1 case of peritoneal mesothelioma to every 12 cases of pleural mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is more common in men than in women and nearly half of the people diagnosed with the disease are over 75 years old.

Pleural Mesothelioma
Illustrated image of healthy and diseased lungs
Illustrated image of healthy and diseased lung

The pleural lining has two layers: the visceral (inner) layer is next to the lung and the parietal (outer) layer lines the chest wall. The pleura produces fluid that lubricates the space between the two layers, this allows the two layers to slide comfortably over each other as we breathe in and out.

Pleural mesothelioma causes the pleura to thicken. This thickening of the pleura might begin to press onto the lungs or attach itself to the inside of the chest wall. In either case the expansion of the lung becomes progressively restricted by the tumour. Fluid, sometimes several litres, can collect between the two layers of the pleura; this affects the lungs ability to expand and causes the person to feel breathless. This is known as a pleural effusion.

Symptoms of Pleural Mesothelioma

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • cough
  • sweating
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • fatigue and lethargy

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Illustrated image of Abdominal Cavity
Illustrated image of Abdominal Cavity and peritoneum

The peritoneum also has two layers the inner (visceral) layer which is next to the abdominal organs and the outer (parietal) layer which lines the abdominal wall.

Peritoneal mesothelioma causes the peritoneum to thicken and fluid to collect in the abdomen. This collection of fluid is called ascites and causes the abdomen to swell. Because pleural mesothelioma is more common and often spreads to the peritoneal cavity, it is sometimes necessary to determine if pleural mesothelioma is the primary cancer.

Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma

  • abdominal pain
  • abdominal swelling or feeling bloated
  • constipation or diarrhoea
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss

The commonest symptoms for pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma are listed here, but there may be others.  You can find out more about treatments for these symptoms in the Controlling Symptoms section.

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