This year, September 26 marks the 10th Annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Mesothelioma Awareness Day was created to raise public awareness of this rare and deadly disease. Unfortunately, this is a disease that lacks general awareness. In honor of the 10th Annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we want to publish 10 key facts about the disease that can be shared with family and friends to help educate your loved ones about this preventable disease.
1. A definition of mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the cells of the mesothelium. The mesothelium is the protective membrane that protects the internal organs of the thoracic, abdominal and cardiac cavity.
2. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is a natural mineral that becomes dangerous when broken and fibers are released into the air. When asbestos fibers are suspended in the air, they are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. A person is therefore not aware of ingesting them.
3. No amount of exposure is safe.
Whatever your level of exposure, asbestos is a harmful substance that could have adverse effects on your health later in life. Mesothelioma is a preventable disease if you minimize exposure to this terrible toxin.
4. Mesothelioma has a long latency period.
The average latency period between exposure and diagnosis is between 35 and 40 years. Mesothelioma is the longest latency period of all asbestos-related diseases.
5. Asbestos has been used in thousands of products.
Asbestos has been consciously used in more than 3,000 consumer products, including building materials and household products. Some of these products could still hide in the structure or inside your home.
6. Asbestos can still be found in buildings and products.
If your home was built before the 1970s, there is a good chance that asbestos-containing products will be present throughout your home. There is also asbestos in many public buildings, such as schools built before the 1970s, for example.
7. Asbestos is of natural origin.
Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that is extracted for use. Although asbestos is generally produced by underground geological processes, naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) has also recently been discovered in parts of the country, highlighting the fact that some people may be exposed unintentionally. .
8. US veterans have a high risk of exposure.
Although anyone can be diagnosed by direct or secondary exposure to asbestos, the US military is one of the most at-risk groups for diagnosing mesothelioma. Many veterans and shipyard workers have been exposed in several areas: ships, shipyards, barracks, and serving in other countries, to name a few.
9. Mesothelioma is a global problem.
Although the use of asbestos is limited in the United States, many countries do not regulate its use. Mesothelioma will continue to be a global health problem until asbestos is no longer used worldwide.
10. There is hope for mesothelioma warriors.
While mesothelioma usually has a poor prognosis, researchers and doctors are offering increasingly sophisticated ways to diagnose and treat this disease. If mesothelioma is diagnosed for you or a loved one, be sure to look for a specialist and contact other mesothelioma survivors for help.