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Action Mesothelioma Day 2023

  • Submitted by: Marie McNair, Clydebank and Milngavie, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 25 May 2023
  • Motion reference: S6M-09075
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, 29 June 2023

That the Parliament recognises Action Mesothelioma Day 2023, which is on 7 July 2023; understands that mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, with tiny fibres getting into the lungs and damaging them over time; notes that the cancer most commonly occurs in the lining of the lung, but can also occur in the lining of the abdomen and the lining of the heart, with symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, cough and tiredness; understands that there are around 2,700 new mesothelioma cases in the UK every year, including over 200 in Scotland, which is the highest number in Europe, with at least a further 2,000 cases of lung cancer that are likely to be caused by asbestos exposure; recognises that Action Mesothelioma Day is a national event to raise awareness of asbestos and mesothelioma, raise vital funds to support the research into tackling mesothelioma, and to remember and support those who have been affected by the disease; applauds the long-standing and ongoing work of Clydebank Asbestos Group, which has provided information and support to people with asbestos-related conditions for over 30 years; notes the need for continued research into mesothelioma, and hopes for a successful Action Mesothelioma Day 2023.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jackie Baillie, Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Stephanie Callaghan, Jackson Carlaw, Foysol Choudhury, Willie Coffey, Bob Doris, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Pam Gosal, Mark Griffin, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Richard Leonard, Fulton MacGregor, Rona Mackay, Ben Macpherson, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Audrey Nicoll, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Paul Sweeney, Michelle Thomson, David Torrance, Mercedes Villalba, Sue Webber