Mesothelioma Awareness Day is only two short weeks away, on September 26. In the run-up to that day, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is reaching out to a number of partners – including patients, survivors, doctors, researchers, advocates, and others – to get their thoughts about the issues surrounding mesothelioma and what we can do about it.
The first question we asked was what is one thing people should know about mesothelioma? For today’s question, we reached out to some experts to find out something new.
Why is spreading awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos so important?
President & CEO of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
Our family and countless other families have learned about asbestos-caused diseases the painful way, and without education, more and more families will be faced with the same tragic lesson. While promising research continues, preventing asbestos exposure remains the only cure for mesothelioma.
Dr. Arthur Frank
Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University School of Public Health
It is important that people know about the hazards of asbestos and its ability to cause mesothelioma so that actions can be taken to minimize exposure to this toxic and dangerous material.
Dr. Raja Flores
Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center
Spreading awareness is very important because everyone needs to know the potential harms that are surrounding them. In addition, they need to know how to avoid exposing themselves to these harms. If there has already been exposure and cancer is detected early, there is a better chance for longer survival and less extensive surgery.
How You Can Spread Awareness
Throughout the month of September, you can spread awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure by sharing information on social media, blogs, web forums, and by word of mouth!
To learn more about what you can do to help spread mesothelioma awareness, see our Mesothelioma Awareness Day page. There you will find:
- Facts and figures about mesothelioma and asbestos to share with your family, friends, co-workers, and other acquaintances
- An easy way to share information via social media
- An opportunity to read the story of Heather Von St. James, a 10-year+ mesothelioma survivor who has inspired and advocated for countless others during their own diagnosis and treatment
- Links to partner organizations that are working to bring more funding, research, and legislation to reduce and remove the dangers of asbestos exposure.
For more information and ideas on how you can participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and with spreading awareness about mesothelioma in general, please comment on our Facebook page or send us a tweet!