Mesothelioma Victims & Families Need Your Help
Most people have never heard of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. But each year nearly 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. There is no known cure for mesothelioma and, unfortunately, treatment options are limited.
For 50 years, asbestos, the so-called “miracle mineral,” was extremely common in work environments throughout the country, including factories, auto shops, and shipyards. As a result, millions of Americans were exposed and put at risk for developing mesothelioma. Their families were put at risk as well – exposed to asbestos carried home on the workers’ skin and clothing.
Miles for Meso is an event dedicated to building awarness for this orphan disease. Together we can all make a difference in the lives of thousands of people throughout the country affected by this vicious cancer. We invite you to learn more about mesothelioma, including:
WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer that attacks the smooth lining of the lungs and abdomen. This skin layer is made up of mesothelial cells. Mesothelioma is a solid tumor that forms as a result of of microscopic asbestos particles. Learn more about mesothelioma.
STORIES OF COURAGE
Mesothelioma normally takes decades after exposure to asbestos to form and begin presenting symptoms, but it is a cancer that can affect anyone no matter your gender, age, or ethnicity. Watch these true stories of patients and families that have been affected by this preventable cancer in our Stories of Courage section.
WHAT CAUSES MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma has been linked to exposure to asbestos. The very nature of the mineral’s thin fibers, and the ease with which they are released into the air, is the root of its danger. When these fibers are inhaled or injested during an individual's exposure to asbestos, they can become lodged in the lungs and abdomen and, over time, cause mesothelioma. Learn more about the link between asbestos and mesothelioma.
THE NEED FOR MESOTHELIOMA RESEARCH
Mesothelioma was identified as early as the 1940s, yet for decades the need for research to develop effective treatments for patients has been neglected. From 2004 through 2007, the National Cancer Institute’s annual investment in clinical mesothelioma research was less than $6 million. This is only approximately one tenth of one percent of the NCI’s annual budget. Learn more about the urgent need for mesothelioma research.
THE NEED TO BAN ASBESTOS
There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, a known carcinogen. Yet the U.S. continues to import 2,000 metric tons of asbestos every year, a product that kills approximately 10,000 Americans each year. Most are shocked to learn that the poison has not been fully banned. The tragedy of 9/11 demonstrates the continued, long-term threat of mesothelioma. Estimates of the amount of asbestos released around Manhattan range as high as 1,000 tons. Learn more about efforts to at the federal level to ban asbestos.
MESOTHELIOMA AWARENESS DAY
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a movement at both the state and federal level to declare September 26th a day for recognizing mesothelioma. Thanks to the hard work of grassroots advocates, Illinois passed a permanent resolution on May 30, 2009, declaring September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Learn more about Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
SUPPORT & RESOURCES FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
Each year nearly 3,000 American families are faced with the news that a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma. Powerful resources are available to help. Click here if you or somene you love have been given a mesothelioma diagnosis.