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Marking Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2020

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Carrie Tennick, September 25, 2020

Tomorrow (26 September) marks the 17th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

A chance to raise funds for critical mesothelioma research and awareness of this relatively rare cancer, the day also offers people the opportunity to show support for those with the disease.

The event will be spent in a very different way to previous awareness days this year. The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown will prevent as many people getting together to raise awareness.

But there are ways to mark the occasion that don’t increase the risk faced by anyone suffering with the disease.

Mesothelioma and coronavirus

Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that largely affects the lungs. As Covid-19 is a disease that affects the respiratory system, mesothelioma sufferers are at higher risk of the most life-threatening consequences if they catch the virus.

Cancer Research UK explains: “You are at a higher risk of complications if you have cancer. This is because cancer and its treatment can weaken your immune system and reduce your ability to fight infections. The immune system protects your body against illness and infection caused by viruses like coronavirus.”

Numbers of Covid-19 cases have been rising across various areas in the UK. It’s important to pay attention to what your local area’s case numbers are and take action accordingly. If numbers are rising, you might want to reduce your interactions with other members of the public.

Mesothelioma UK said it “considers patients to be at high risk from coronavirus,” and it advises that people “follow the guidance on shielding”.

Fundraising despite coronavirus

Virtual events are coming to the fore at the moment. If you were planning a fundraising activity, such as a coffee morning or bake sale, you could take it online. Although you won’t be able to share what you make, you could still show it off. Set up an online donation account and charge people to attend

You can also still take part in various challenges to raise money. From the physical, like running a 5k around your local park, to the dramatic, like shaving your head, there are plenty of options that don’t involve contact with anyone else.

You could also think about setting up a shop on an online marketplace and selling unwanted, collected or specially created items. Fundraising doesn’t have to involve risk – just use your creativity.

We understand how important it is to raise awareness and funds for mesothelioma sufferers and the research that could help. So keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible during these difficult times.


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