Let’s Take a Moment for Mesothelioma

July 18, 2014Allison Murray

To be honest I had heard of Mesothelioma but I had absolutely no idea what it was or what it meant. But a guy named Cameron who seems pretty decent got in touch and asked if I’d be willing to share with you a few facts about the disease… If you’re as ignorant about the disease as me, I consider this post incredibly productive because we’re learning something important.

Let's take a moment for mesothelioma

Almost 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year. They are given an average of 10 months to live.

Exposure to asbestos is the number one cause of the disease.

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Asbestos can be found in many older homes, schools, factories and commercial buildings.

Asbestos has not been banned in the U.S.

Men are more likely to be diagnosed with Mesothelioma than women.

Because the symptoms resemble other respiratory problems, getting a diagnosis can be difficult.

More information can be found at mesothelioma.com

More information about asbestos exposure can be found at here.

Comments (2)

  • Inga

    July 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Hi Allison,
    I live in Australia, and am shocked to hear that asbestos is not illegal in the U.S. I assume that this means that it is still used? Are the dangers of asbestos common knowledge in the U.S.? Particularly that removal of asbestos needs to be done by professionals.
    You and Cameron may find the following link of interest.
    http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/publications/research-papers/682-asbestos-diseases-compensation-bill-2008/download
    Good luck spreading this information, I hope that change comes soon.
    Inga x

  • Pat S

    July 19, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    I have heard of this disease and I know how dangerous asbestos is considered and they say it is expensive to remove and only professionals should handle it but what shocked me is that we do not have a ban in the U.S.

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