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Claudette Drews, Healthcare Recruitment Manager at Search Consultancy will be taking part in a number of initiatives to support research in Mesothelioma, a rare yet incurable form of cancer caused by asbestos.

According to statistics from Mesothelioma UK, approximately 2500 people a year are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This form of cancer is more common in men than in women and nearly half of the people diagnosed with the disease are over 75 years old.

Exposure to asbestos is responsible for up to 9 out of 10 mesothelioma cases. Although the disease has been described in medical literature since 1870, the first suspicion linking asbestos and mesothelioma did not appear in the UK until 1935 and a definite link was not established until 1960.

Commonly found in building materials, asbestos is often referred to as a silent killer, given how mesothelioma is not an easy cancer to diagnose. Often a number of investigations and hospital visits are required and even then, it is not always possible to be certain that mesothelioma is present.

After losing her husband to the disease a few years back, after he worked as a builder for an extensive length of time, tackling mesothelioma is a cause Claudette holds close to her heart. This is why she will support Mesothelioma Action Day at Albert Square on the 6th of July, and undergo the Three Peaks Challenge on the 11th of June to raise support towards research into this form of cancer.

When asked about her support for these initiatives, Claudette said: “This is the very least I can do to support awareness and research into what is largely a downplayed illness, yet so life-altering for those who are diagnosed, as well as their families.”

To support Claudette in this worthy cause, please submit a donation to her Just Giving Page here