September 26th Designated National Mesothelioma Awareness Day
Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen closely associated with inhaling microscopic asbestos dust. Typically, the symptoms of the disease appear at least 10 years or longer after exposure. About 2,500 to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with mesothelioma and thousands more die of lung cancer related to asbestos.
Now, thanks to a congressional resolution, Congress is directly supporting raising awareness of mesothelioma through the passage of the declaration of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day each year on September 26th.
The passage of this resolution serves as a valuable reminder that people continue to die needlessly from asbestos-related diseases. Many people incorrectly assume that asbestos is a thing of the past. In fact, the number of people developing mesothelioma is still on the increase. An estimated 1.3 million construction and general industry workers are exposed to asbestos. According to the World Health Organization, asbestos causes approximately half of all deaths from occupational cancer.
Asbestos is a known carcinogen and has been proven to cause mesothelioma. Often called “asbestos cancer,” mesothelioma is highly aggressive and is resistant to many standard cancer treatments. Ongoing research is being conducted to find a cure or new treatment options for mesothelioma. With the designation of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, greater public awareness can help build support for additional research dollars.
Mesothelioma is an entirely preventable disease, so education and additional research is critical to avoid asbestos exposure and to help put an end to the deadly disease. Sections of note in the resolution include:
Whereas there is no known safe level of exposure to asbestos;
Whereas for decades, the need to develop treatments for mesothelioma was overlooked and today, even the best available treatments usually have only a very limited effect and the expected survival time of those diagnosed with the disease is between 8 and 14 months;
Whereas the National Cancer Institute recognizes a clear need for new agents to improve the outlook for patients with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases;
Whereas millions of workers in the United States have been, and continue to be, exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos;
Whereas it is believed that many of the firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers from Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, may be at increased risk of contracting mesothelioma in the future.
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