Mesothelioma Awareness Day: A Time for Action

Monday, Sept. 26, is national Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The purpose of Mesothelioma Awareness Day is to raise awareness about the disease and asbestos exposure. It is also intended to help increase funding to develop treatments.

The day is recognized thanks to the efforts of two longtime supporters of asbestos awareness, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN). Two years ago, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution to observe the day (S. Res. 288). The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar resolution a year later (H.Res. 771).

Several states and localities have also passed resolutions recognizing Mesothelioma Awareness Day and acknowledging the impact of this deadly disease.

Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Many people are shocked to learn that everyday activities like going to work or tackling a home-improvement project can expose them to asbestos. It can take 20 to 50 years after exposure to develop symptoms. Once symptoms develop, the disease is aggressive and devastating.

The following asbestos legal cases show the widespread, and often unexpected, reach of asbestos exposure:

No Time for Rest

Please remember that Mesothelioma Awareness Day is an observance, not a holiday. This means it’s time to take action, not rest.

Even if you haven’t been personally affected by the disease, you can still join the fight against this cancer.

How Can You Help

Here are some ideas for observing Mesothelioma Awareness Day:

Don’t forget to share what you’ve learned about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure.

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