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Mesothelioma Events

Every year, organizations come together to host mesothelioma events designed to raise awareness about the rare asbestos cancer and other asbestos-related diseases. In addition, survivors, caregivers and advocates participate in broader national health observances to better educate the public about the dangers of asbestos and promote support for those affected by these rare diseases.

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Sep 26

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Where: Global

Mesothelioma Awareness Day takes place annually on Sept. 26. There are only about 3,000 mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year in the United States, and this day serves as the main opportunity to show your support for those battling this rare cancer.

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Oct 01

Health Literacy Month

Where: United States

Knowledge is power when it comes to treating and fighting mesothelioma. Because of the rarity of this cancer, misdiagnosis is all too common. If you have a history of asbestos exposure, understanding early warning signs is one of the best ways to help with early detection of this disease.

Oct 03

4th Annual The Em' Golf Tournament/Dinner Party

1 p.m. EDT

Where: Greer, South Carolina

The 4th Annual The Em' Golf Tournament/Dinner Party honors the life of Emily Brown Kocis, who was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma at the age of 25 and died in 2017. The event raises money and awareness to help find a cure for mesothelioma.


Oct 08

Rare Diseases and Orphan Products Breakthrough Summit

Where: Virtual

This summit will cover topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the rare disease community, drug pricing, advancements in technology, tools for accelerating cures and more. It runs Oct. 8-9.

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Oct 14

Support Group for Coping with Mesothelioma

8 p.m. EDT

Where: Online or by phone

This monthly support group — exclusive to mesothelioma patients and caregivers — gives participants a much-needed opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences in a safe place.

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Oct 16

IASLC 2020 North America Conference on Lung Cancer

Where: Virtual

Learn about the latest developments in lung cancer prevention, detection and care with novel data presentations. This worldwide event runs Oct. 16-17.

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Oct 18

Invisible Disabilities Week

Where: Global

Mesothelioma and other cancers don’t always have symptoms that are visible to others. Invisible Disabilities Week 2020 takes place Oct. 18-24. During this time, communities are encouraged to help recognize and raise awareness for those battling the stigma sometimes associated with diseases with less visible symptoms.

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Nov 01

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Where: United States

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Asbestos exposure causes an estimated 4% of all lung cancer cases. During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we support those with lung cancer by educating others on common causes and risk factors associated with this disease.

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Nov 01

National Family Caregivers Month

Where: United States

During the month of November, we take extra time to show our appreciation to mesothelioma caregivers. These selfless individuals work tirelessly to help mesothelioma patients focus on what matters most: Fighting this disease.

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Nov 08

Kick Out Mesothelioma 5-Miler & 2.5-Mile Walk

10 a.m. EST

Where: Portland, Maine

The Kick Out Mesothelioma 5-Miler & 2.5-Mile Walk is held in memory of John W. Griffin, a pipefitter, Navy veteran and city councilor who died in 2003 of cancer, including mesothelioma. Proceeds benefit mesothelioma research.

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Nov 11

Support Group for Coping with Mesothelioma

8 p.m. EST

Where: Online or by phone

Patients and caregivers of those battling mesothelioma are welcome to discuss their thoughts and worries with others affected by this rare cancer. The goal of this support group is to provide a safe space where those impacted by mesothelioma can get answers to their questions and worries.

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Dec 02

Rare Disease Innovation and Partnering Summit

Where: Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Rare Disease Innovation and Partnering Summit, which runs Dec. 2-4, convenes the industry, patient groups, investors and policy makers to discuss areas of unmet medical needs and create life-transforming therapies and breakthroughs.

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Dec 09

Support Group for Coping with Mesothelioma

8 p.m. EST

Where: Online or by phone

Mesothelioma is not a disease you need to battle alone. Our monthly support group makes it possible for you to discuss difficult topics with other mesothelioma survivors and caregivers. Our registered nurse and licensed mental health counselor moderate the session to help answer questions and ensure you're in a safe space.

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