UK Fails To Fund Asbestos Group for Mesothelioma Research

The search for a mesothelioma cure is still underway, and a number of medical researchers are dedicating their time to extensive clinical and laboratory tests in hopes of eradicating this rare cancer. While many promising developments have been made to fight the disease, adequate funding for future projects must be secured to ensure further progress. Caused almost exclusively by asbestos exposure, malignant mesothelioma claims 2,000 to 3,000 lives a year in the United States alone. Since no known cure currently exists, further research is undoubtedly necessary. Unfortunately, one major source of funding for research in the United Kingdom failed to follow through on a 2010 promise to invest money into mesothelioma research by creating a National Centre for Asbestos Related Disease (NCARD). When asked how much money would be provided for mesothelioma research over the next three years, health minister Simon Burns simply stated that the National Institute for Health Research and the Medical Research Council was still accepting applications for funding. No mention was made of NCARD or the Government's prior commitment to help launch the organization. The union then questioned the coalition Government's estimated importance of the disease. With a prognosis of less than 10 months after diagnosis in the United Kingdom, more effective treatment options are certainly necessary to improve the life expectancy associated with mesothelioma. While mesothelioma advocates continue to secure ...
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