Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26 #Mesothelioma #RaiseAwareness

I was asked to share some facts about 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day
 
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called the mesothelium. The only known cause  to mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos exposure was first linked to mesothelioma cancer in 1964. Worldwide mesothelioma cases are expected to reach their peak around the year 2020.


Mesothelioma commonly sits dormant in the body for 20-50 years after  initial exposure to asbestos.
80% of all mesothelioma cases occur within the lining of the lungs. There are two other recognized types; peritoneal mesothelioma occurring in the abdominal lining, and pericardial mesothelioma occurring in the heart’s lining. 
 
Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. On average, they are given 10 months to live.
Mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70, but it is not uncommon among younger generations who may have experienced second hand exposure
Mesotheliom incidence in women is on the rise because many women experienced second hand exposure from parents or spouses  who worked closely with asbestos.
More info can be found at mesothelioma.com

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