While it isn’t very often that we share positive news in relation to asbestos on our blog, particularly as the need for the highest standard of site audits and asbestos removal remains as urgent as ever, one such news story from Scotland especially caught our eye this week.
The news in question is that doctors in the country will benefit from more guidance on the effective diagnosis of asbestos-related disease, in the hope that care for sufferers will improve as a result.
Asbestos disease is often notoriously difficult to spot
Clydeside Action on Asbestos (CAA) – which assists people suffering from mesothelioma, one of the most notorious asbestos-related conditions – is the charity behind the initiative that is designed to help doctors to spot indicators of the disease faster.
The charity argues that the quicker a person with asbestos-related disease is diagnosed, the better the quality of care from which they can benefit. This may be especially the case with mesothelioma, which often only produces recognisable symptoms decades after the sufferer’s initial asbestos exposure. Survival rates for the disease are therefore poor.
A vitally important initiative
With Scotland also recording some of the highest levels of asbestos-related disease of any country in the world, and those figures set to rise still further in the years to come, it is to be expected that many of the country’s leading politicians will take an interest in the scheme.
Indeed, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has already stated: “Clydeside Action on Asbestos has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of this illness and its consequences for individuals, and I am delighted that this new educational resource for GPs and their practice staff is now available.
“This is an important issue for the people of Scotland, and I entirely agree that we have to make sure that there is information and support available for not only those who are living with an asbestos-related disease, but also for our GPs.”
These are sentiments that we were always going to strongly agree with here at Trident Asbestos Solutions. For further information about the asbestos removal and associated services that we are delighted to be able to provide across the UK, simply contact your closest Trident Asbestos Solutions office.