Lisburn City Council Launch Lung Cancer Month 03 November 2008 As part of annual Lung Cancer month (November), Lisburn City Council’s Environmental Services has launched a campaign to raise awareness of Mesothelioma. The Environmental Health Service department is distributing a leaflet “Building workers act now to prevent Mesothelioma” to local builders merchants in the Council area. In 2007 approximately 34 deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland with Mesothelioma as the primary cause of death. An estimated 25% of people dying from Mesothelioma have worked in the building or building maintenance industry. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer of the lining of the lungs or of the abdominal cavity. The main symptoms are chest pains or breathlessness. Most cases; are caused, by inhaling dust containing asbestos fibres. Mesothelioma generally develops after a long period of time following first exposure, typically between 15 to 60 years. Chairman of Lisburn City Council’s Environmental Services Committee, Alderman Paul Porter said: “We hope to raise awareness to those who work in the building industry or to people who work in similar trades such as electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilation engineers, or joiners, to help reduce the risk of developing Mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.” The information leaflet may be picked up from your local builders merchants, accessed online at www.lisburn.gov.uk, by telephoning the Council on 028 9250 9394 or email email@example.com.