Meso Foundation marks 13th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day

26 Sep 2017 by under News

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation logo edited 100x100 Meso Foundation marks 13th annual Mesothelioma Awareness DaySupporters of Mesothelioma Awareness Day began lining up at 5:45 this morning in New York City to ensure a prime spot for sporting their blue attire on the Today Show. It is just one of many ways the is encouraging supporters to raise awareness for the deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

This Sept. 26 marks the 13th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day sponsored by the organization, the only national non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for mesothelioma, according to its Twitter account. Using #curemeso, the organization raises awareness yearlong about the dangers of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is expected to cause 100,000 American deaths within the next 40 years, according to the foundation. It has no early detection screenings available, a decades-long latency period and limited treatment options for those who are diagnosed.  Only 8 percent of those diagnosed survive five years after receiving the news.

Asbestos, a group of six silicate minerals that were once used in a variety of construction and manufacturing processes, is now known to be a carcinogen and exposure to it — which is not decreasing as expected — is one of the main ways patients develop mesothelioma. Asbestos fibers become lodged in the linings of internal organs, causing inflammation and cellular changes that can cause cancer.

“Given the long latency of mesothelioma, for thousands of Americans, the damage has already been don e— the asbestos has been inhaled,” the organization Tweeted. “Now it is our responsibility to invest in prevention research, and to make sure that if they develop mesothelioma, life-saving treatments and a cure are waiting for them.”

 

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