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Dad suffering from deadly form of cancer plans to cycle 100 miles around London this weekend

Dave Staley will cycle 100 miles around London this weekend. Credit: ITV Granada

Dave Staley was diagnosed with a rare form of terminal lung cancer caused by asbestos just weeks before his 40th birthday.

Despite having a lung removed, the father of two has been cycling to get fit and this weekend will take part in a one hundred mile cycle event.

Tim Scott went to meet him.

Rally held in memory of asbestos cancer deaths

Campaigners will gather in Manchester city centre in memory of those who've lost their lives to the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma.

Doves will be released to in memory of those who've already died from the disease. There will be a rally in Lincoln Square, off Brazennose Street in central Manchester at 12.30pm.

“The announcement of £5 million for a National Mesothelioma Centre of Excellence is good news. Mesothelioma has been the poor relation when it comes to research funding for far too long. This initiative offers the chance to co-ordinate research work and offer hope to all those living with the disease now, and those inevitably to come. The Government described this as “seed money” and it is crucial that this jump starts Government action to ensure not only more money for mesothelioma research, but sustained funding for the future so that real progress can be made in the search for a cure.”

– Graham Dring of Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group


Greater asbestos risk in North West

Asbestos:caution urged when replacing old buildings Credit: PA

A health and safety watchdog says workers in the region are at more risk of being exposed to asbestos than anywhere else in the UK.

A report from the Health and Safety Executive warns North West tradespeople working in older buildings could come into contact with potentially-deadly material more than 130 times a year on average.

Fibres can pass into the lungs and lead to the development of asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis (breathing difficulty) and mesothelioma (a type of cancer). The HSE estimates asbestos-related diseases account for around 4,000 deaths a year in the UK.

Asbestos is more likely to be found in buildings built or refurbished before 2000. Anyone who is involved in building maintenance is potentially at risk if they disturb asbestos. The danger lies in any activity that disturbs the asbestos fibres, including removal, drilling, sanding and cutting.

Asbestos can be found in many parts of a building including: wallboards and ceiling tiles, asbestos cement used as corrugated roof panels, flat asbestos sheets used in partitioning, water tanks, pipes and guttering.

Mother convinced playground asbestos gave her cancer

A mother who has terminal cancer is convinced she contracted it from asbestos in a school playground in Salford, 35 years ago.

When Penny Garner was diagnosed, doctors asked her when she had worked with the deadly substance.

The only explanation she could think of was the demolition of a public swimming baths, next to her school, in the 1970s.

Penny is now suing Salford Council and a demolition firm. The council declined to comment. The demolition company deny her allegations.