Sept. 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Established in 2004 by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), the designation aims to bring more awareness to funding mesothelioma treatment research for this rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Since its inception, many other organizations have joined the movement and held their own events and fundraisers to raise money and awareness for mesothelioma treatment. The Meso Foundation usually hosts a series of events around Mesothelioma Awareness Day. But, due to COVID-19, most of the scheduled events will be held virtually this year. Those who want to get involved can visit the Meso Foundation for information.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs like the lungs, abdomen, or heart. It is caused by exposure to asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was used widely in building construction, shipbuilding, and in friction parts like vehicle brakes. It can also be found in talc used to make baby powder and cosmetics. Mesothelioma symptoms can take up to five decades to present. Once diagnosed, the disease usually proves fatal within 1-2 years.

Asbestos has been a known carcinogen for decades, but companies were slow to take precautions to protect workers from asbestos exposure.

The Meso Foundation is a nonprofit collaboration of patients and families, physicians, advocates, and researchers who are dedicated to eradicating the life-ending and vicious effects of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma litigation

Beasley Allen lawyers handle mesothelioma claims. They are looking at cases of industrial, occupational’ and secondary asbestos exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma as well as claims of asbestos-related talc products linked to mesothelioma. Charlie Stern in our Toxic Torts Section is the lead attorney working on these types of cases. As an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, Charlie is well equipped to tackle asbestos cases, which are highly complicated and require someone with a true understanding of the facts, medical issues, science and law. Contact us for more information.

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