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Mesothelioma Awareness Day arrives on Sept. 26

For the 17th straight year, the U.S. will mark Mesothelioma Awareness Day on Sept. 26. Established in 2004, the day focuses on the people and families affected by this deadly disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Its mission is to gain wider public attention for this form of cancer, which is usually fatal.

Due to the recent health crisis, nationwide events and activities marking Mesothelioma Awareness Day will take place virtually rather than in person. Survivors of mesothelioma may be more susceptible to COVID-19 due to medical treatments that have compromised their immune systems.

Wearing blue to raise public awareness

Mesothelioma is a preventable disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. Here is some information about asbestos, mesothelioma and the upcoming awareness day:

  • Asbestos still is not banned in the U.S.
  • Annually, almost 40,000 U.S. residents die from mesothelioma and other related diseases.
  • Each year, roughly 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma
  • The symptoms for mesothelioma typically do not appear until decades after a person's exposure to asbestos.
  • Victims of the disease are typically men older than 65. However, anyone who works with asbestos or has had regular exposure to it is at risk.
  • A person diagnosed with mesothelioma can expect to live an additional 12 to 22 months.
  • Workers with backgrounds in the military or blue-collar jobs with regular exposure to asbestos are susceptible to the disease. Among the occupations with the greatest risk of asbestos exposure include those in construction, manufacturing, firefighting, chemical refinery, shipbuilding, power generation, military service and shipbuilding.
  • Secondary exposure to asbestos is a threat to family members of people who deal with asbestos. The worker unknowingly brings home the fibers, which attach to his or her clothing. The fibers then spread throughout the home and settle on furniture, carpeting, curtains, laundry and even on a person's skin.
  • Blue represents a symbol of solidarity for Mesothelioma Awareness Day, so wear blue clothing, a blue ribbon or blue wrist band.

Mesothelioma remains a rare disease, but its presence in the world continues to lead to grieving families. Awareness of the disease is crucial in fighting it and finding a cure.

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