I welcome news that there will be funding for the National Mesothelioma Centre to research into the disease.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that most often starts in the covering of the lungs but can also start in the abdomen. It is caused by exposure to asbestos and other chemicals that were used in heavy industry. In Wales, from 2010 to 2014 474 people died due to mesothelioma being the underlying cause.
In this week’s Budget £5 million was pledged to help fund research into this terrible disease.
After years of campaigning for the Government to increase funding into research of this deadly disease we have finally had a breakthrough. Many people within north Wales know of someone who has sadly lost their fight against this cancer. This will be welcomed news as we can try and find better ways to treat those diagnosed.
Welcome as it is, it would take this level of investment every year – rather than a one-off £5 million – to put mesothelioma research on an equal footing with other comparable cancers, such as myeloma.
I will continue campaigning for greater funding from the Government so that we can stop people needlessly dying from mesothelioma.