Friday, 26 September 2014

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2014

As some of you may know cancer is something I’m quite passionate about and have mentioned a few times on this blog, but today makes the observance of the 10th Annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
There are some things you shouldn’t miss. Yet every day cancer robs someone of these precious moments. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial cells. These cells cover the outer surface of most of our internal body organs, forming a lining that is sometimes called the mesothelium.

By far the main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. When we think of asbestos, we tend to think of old swimming pool centres and old sheds. We tend not to think about what it is or how it can harm us. Your risk is greater if you were exposed to large amounts of it from an early age for a long period of time. However some people say they have no history of an heavy exposure to asbestos.

This year 10,000 Americans will die of asbestos related diseases such as lung cancer and mesothelioma and 200,000 will be living with asbestos. Alarmingly this product is still not banned in the US putting thousands at risk, over something that is preventable.

Mesothelioma commonly sits dormant in the body to 20-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos. Up to 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year.

The key to surviving mesothelioma for the longest time possible is to catch the disease when it’s in the earliest stages of onset. You can’t catch it early unless you have a mesothelioma diagnosis. And the only way you can get one of those is if you see a mesothelioma doctor. 

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I hope you have found this post useful and can join me in supporting a fantastic cause.

Take Care x

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