Tomorrow is the 11th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Whether you’re attending in person or want to support the cause at home, there are many things you can do to help spread awareness regarding the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma.
Why Mesothelioma Day is Important
Mesothelioma is still considered a rare disease. Although 2,000 to 3,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year, it still remains a mystery to many people who are misinformed on exactly what it is and how people develop it.
Currently, the majority of people who develop mesothelioma do so after being exposed to asbestos. Since this is a preventable risk, it’s important to spread as much awareness about it as possible. Although asbestos isn’t used in high quantities as it used to be prior to the early 1980s, some companies and manufacturers still use the mineral in small amounts to make products.
Even though the likelihood of developing mesothelioma lowers when smaller amounts of asbestos are inhaled, many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) indicate that there is no safe amount of asbestos, regardless of how small.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is a way to let others know not only about mesothelioma, but about asbestos, and how the mineral’s small, odorless fibers can be ingested easily, which may lead to life-threatening illnesses.
How to Help Spread Awareness on Mesothelioma Awareness Day
If you’re interested in attending Mesothelioma Awareness Day in person, visit the Miles for Meso page, which will give you information on how to participate in charity runs and other events. If you live in NYC or happen to be in the area, consider attending the Regional Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma Mesothelioma, a one-day event that will have a host of experienced physicians and other professionals who can help victims, family members, and supporters understand the disease more.
In addition, there are a plethora of events happening on Mesothelioma Awareness Day that’s open to the public to participate in. For more information, visit the Mesothelioma Awareness day events page.
If you’re unable to attend events in person, there is still a number of things you can do. One of the easiest things to do is wear blue on Mesothelioma Awareness Day, the official color of the event. In addition, consider doing the following to spread awareness:
- Donate to a mesothelioma charity group or to the Cancer Alliance
- Get involved in the Mesothelioma Awareness Day chat on Friday, on Twitter
- Write letters to authorities in your state, urging the ban of all use of asbestos
- Spread information to friends across social media about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos
- Consider painting something blue in honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day
Additional Help and Resources for Asbestos Victims
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other illness due to asbestos exposure, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Use our free Asbestos Attorney Locator Tool to find a top mesothelioma attorney in your area. With over $30 billion currently in asbestos trust funds, now is the right time to take the first step in determining what you may qualify for. If you have any questions or need additional assistance, contact us toll-free at 800-694-4856.