Friday, September 26, 2014
Mesothelioma Awareness Day
And Now For A Little Something Different:
Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. I was contacted by a fellow blogger who is a Mesothelioma survivor and asked to spread the word about this deadly disease. Since I also have another friend who is a Mesothelioma survivor, I agreed.
In looking for a few background facts to share, I was astounded to find that the ban on asbestos-containing products was overturned just a few years after it was put in effect. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining.
I was also amazed that it can lay dormant for 20-50 years after a person’s first exposure, and that family and friends can be exposed to it second-hand. I am not an expert on this, so I will refer you to http://www.mesothelioma.com/ for further info; you can also read Heather’s story there (pictured above, with Lily).
And here are some interesting facts about asbestos and mesothelioma:
"Asbestos can be found in many homes, schools, commercial and industrial buildings.
Mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70.
Many women received second-hand exposure from parents or spouses who worked closely with asbestos."
Info taken from MAD Asbestos Facts, courtesy www.mesothelioma.com.