The first ever Mesothelioma Awareness Day was started by a group of Mesothelioma Foundation volunteers in 2004, and every subsequent year’s participation has been larger and more widespread. In 2010, Congress officially declared September 26th as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Since that time, twelve states have permanently declared September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Thirty four (34) cities and countries now recognize this day locally.
What we know:
- Mesothelioma , or more specifically, malignant mesothelioma is a cancer that starts in the cells that line certain parts of the body, most commonly the lungs and stomach. The lining formed by these cells is called mesothelium. These cells protect organs by making a special fluid that allows the organs to move. For instance, this fluid makes it easier for the lungs to expand and contract during breathing. Mesothelioma also can occur in the heart and testicles.
- The most common anatomical site for the development of mesothelioma is the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest wall), but it can also arise in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), and the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart), or the tunica vaginalis (a sac that surrounds the testis).
- Mesothelioma is caused almost exclusively from exposure to asbestosis.
- Approximately 2,500 to 3,000 people will die from Mesothelioma this year.
What we don’t know... Is how to cure it. This very important day is set aside not only to raise awareness of this tragic asbestos related disease, but also to raise funds for the research needed to help find a cure.
Join the crowd in Rockefeller Center with the Today Show or take your own personal stand. Mesothelioma Awareness Day offer the opportunity to help increase public awareness of mesothelioma and rally support for those battling this deadly disease.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any asbestos related condition, we can help you. Preserve your legal rights before time runs out. Our experienced Florida asbestos attorneys at Reyes, O’Shea & Coloca, P.A are dedicated to the fight for the rights of these individuals stricken with mesothelioma and other asbestos related conditions, who were unknowingly exposed and put at risk. Each case is handled individually and given the attention and priority it deserves by our carefully trained legal team.