September 26, every year, is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Since its inception in 2004, Mesothelioma Awareness Day has helped make more and more people aware of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma Awareness Day honors the many people who have been affected by mesothelioma. On Mesothelioma Awareness Day, people come together to spread hope, advocate, and raise money to help fund mesothelioma research. Supporters of this day include, among others, patients, family members of patients, doctors, and survivors.
There are several ways to show your support or get involved on Mesothelioma Awareness Day. In this article, we define mesothelioma and some of the ways you can show your support on Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and fatal form of cancer that develops after someone suffers asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma occurs in the tissue layer that covers a person's internal organs. This disease can affect the tissue surrounding the lungs, the tissue that lines the abdomen, the tissue around the heart, and the tissue around the testicles.
The primary risk factor of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure accounts for up to 80% of all mesothelioma cases.
Why is Mesothelioma Awareness Day Important?
One of the primary goals of Mesothelioma Awareness Day is to make more people aware of mesothelioma. Educating people about mesothelioma is important for several reasons, including the following;
- Awareness can help people identify mesothelioma symptoms early
- Education can help people get diagnosed sooner. An early mesothelioma diagnosis can offer the best prognosis.
- Educating people about how dangerous asbestos exposure is can prevent asbestos exposure and, thus, mesothelioma.
How Can You Show Your Support on Mesothelioma Awareness Day?
As mentioned already, there are many ways to show your support on Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The following are some ways you can show your support on Mesothelioma Awareness Day;
- Join fundraising efforts. Usually, there are fundraising walks or other events on Mesothelioma Awareness Day. You can join such events. And the good news is that you may even be able to join the event virtually.
- Organize your own event if there is no event near you
- Share mesothelioma and asbestos facts online
- Donate funds to a charity that helps the sick or a mesothelioma research initiative
- Share your mesothelioma story with other people (if you have one)
- Dress in blue, which is the color of mesothelioma awareness
Facts You Can Share About Mesothelioma and Asbestos
When it comes to sharing information about mesothelioma and asbestos, the following are some facts you can share;
- Asbestos exposure is the leading cause of mesothelioma
- It can take up to 60 years or more for mesothelioma symptoms to develop after asbestos exposure
- More men than women develop mesothelioma
- The most common form of mesothelioma is pleural mesothelioma
- Asbestos is not banned in the United States
Arizona Mesothelioma Lawyers
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact our office to speak to one of our experienced Arizona mesothelioma attorneys about your situation. Our office can help investigate your case and determine if compensation can be sought from negligent parties to help you and your family live a more comfortable life.