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Posted on Thursday, Dec 31, 2009

Mesothelioma on Facebook

Online social networking allows individuals to develop contacts among people who share their same interests and activities through emailing, posting information and photos, and sharing stories. As sites such as Facebook and Twitter have gotten more popular, businesses and charities have jumped on the bandwagon and have started creating Facebook pages and Fan sites to build awareness and interest in their business or cause. Mesothelioma is one area that has benefitted from the offerings of Facebook.

Mesothelioma is a serious cancer that occurs in individuals exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. Even small amounts of asbestos and infrequent exposure can create a risk for contracting mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is highly aggressive and is resistant to many cancer treatments. Currently there is no known cure for the disease.

Raising Awareness

Many of the mesothelioma foundations and charities have established Facebook pages. Through these profiles they are able to post events and share key information on activities and the latest news regarding mesothelioma. Several also have direct links to collect donations, thus, providing an additional avenue for raising critical research dollars.

By building their “fan base” the foundations and charities raise awareness of the devastation of mesothelioma and encourage people to get involved in the fight against the use of asbestos. As Facebook users join a site the name of the organization displays on the person’s Facebook wall encouraging their network of friends and family to visit the site as well.

Mesothelioma Advocacy on Facebook

Following are several organizations raising awareness of mesothelioma through Facebook.

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF)
The mission of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is to eradicate mesothelioma as a life-ending disease.

Bernie Banton Foundation
Bernie Banton is known in Australia and around the world for successfully taking on the James Hardie company to increase the asbestos-related disease victim’s compensation fund. The foundation is the breath beneath the wings of asbestos disease sufferers, their carers and loved ones.

MD Anderson Cancer Center
The mission of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention. The cancer center has over 30 specialists on staff that supports their multi-disciplinary approach to treating mesothelioma patients.

Mesotheliomahelp.net
A detailed resource for victims and their families which includes a searchable directory of mesothelioma doctors and clinics across the U.S. Sponsored by Belluck & Fox, LLP,a nationally recognized law firm that represents individuals with asbestos and mesothelioma claims.

Year of the Lung
FIRS members are organizing this campaign because “we believe the lack of public awareness of lung health is an important barrier to progress in the diagnosis, treatment, and development of discoveries in lung diseases and calls for a major worldwide public awareness campaign.”

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Nancy Meredith is a blog and web content writer with more than 20 years of professional experience in the Information Technology industry. She has been writing about Mesothelioma for 4 years. Follow Nancy on Google+

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