Mesothelioma Awareness Day
What is Mesothelioma?
An extremely aggressive form of cancer, mesothelioma develops from cells of the mesothelium, the protective lining covering several of the body’s internal organs. Most instances of mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos, a strong, heat-resistant mineral once commonly used by the manufacturing and construction industry. Asbestos fibers most often enter the body through air exposure. Although many manufacturers and contractors were aware of the serious health issues associated with asbestos products as early as the 1920s, these health risks did not become public knowledge until the 1970s.
Support Mesothelioma Awareness
From fundraisers to media coverage, the goal of Mesothelioma Awareness Day is to bring much-needed attention and awareness to this devastating and currently incurable disease. The Mesothelioma Awareness Project began in 2004, with the help of a small group of volunteers. Thanks to Mesothelioma Awareness Day, this project has gained more momentum and drawn more support each year. However, there is still much work to be done in the search for a cure and to ensure that future victims of mesothelioma receive the best possible medical care.
What can you do to help? Visit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation website to learn more.