September is mesothelioma awareness month, with the actual mesothelioma awareness day falling on Sunday, the 26th.

If you know someone or if you have a loved one who has been diagnosed, it is always helpful to show support for those suffering from this rare and aggressive form of cancer.

Around 3,000 people every year are diagnosed with mesothelioma, and this number is only expected to rise as the population ages and asbestos exposure from 9/11 causes tumors to form.

We should remember mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer. Even though asbestos is regulated, there is no outright ban on the substance. All attempts have hit walls in legislation, and businesses remain able to find loopholes to use asbestos in specific industries.

The lack of any significant restrictions means more human contact with the substance and a higher risk of developing mesothelioma. As we celebrate Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we encourage everyone to show their support in numerous ways.

 

Learn About the Causes, Symptoms and Therapies

Since this is a rare form of cancer with a long latency period, it is even more important to spread the word about this illness. Detecting cancer during its earliest stages is crucial for successful treatment outcomes.

Asbestos is a human carcinogen and the only known cause of mesothelioma. Becoming knowledgeable and spreading awareness about how exposure occurs is essential to lowering the number of cases each year. Asbestos is found in old houses, commercial buildings, entertainment venues, schools and more. Schools are closed for days or weeks regularly in the United States due to finding decaying asbestos.

This is especially important for construction workers, electricians, teachers, students and even residents of old homes. Showing support raises awareness and highlights the community of people affected by this deadly substance.

 

Wear Blue or a Wristband

Blue is the official color of recognition for mesothelioma. With the whole month being dedicated to mesothelioma awareness, there are a number of annual charity events and community support efforts for people affected by mesothelioma. Show your support for a loved one by wearing blue.

The Mesothelioma Guide also offers free wristbands to people diagnosed with mesothelioma and their family members. The awareness wristbands are a great way to show support all year.

 

Take Action for Legislative Change

Another important aspect of supporting mesothelioma victims is taking action to prevent more people from contracting the disease. The best way to do this is to sign Ban Asbestos petitions. These petitions are sent to members of Congress, urging them to pass bills.

You can also call your senators, U.S. House of Representative member and state representatives to make your desire for an asbestos ban known. Even if you’re not going to develop mesothelioma, you may be supporting your grandparent or parent who develops mesothelioma soon.

With more support from people inside and outside of the community and the recognition that while this is a serious illness, it is preventable cancer through a complete ban on asbestos.

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    Sources & Author

  1. Take Action During Mesothelioma Awareness Month. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Retrieved from: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/49196. Accessed: 9/25/18.
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About the Writer, Alex Hall

Alex Hall is the Senior Content Writer for the Mesothelioma Guide. He writes and edits pages and blog posts to ensure patients and their families have access to the most relevant and up-to-date information about mesothelioma.