Mesothelioma – An awareness of this deadly disease!

Last week I got in touch with Cameron Von St. James. He is a blogger and an advocate for mesothelioma awareness. His wife, Heather is a 9-year survivor of mesothelioma. Now that Heather is doing well, she and Cameron are on mission to spread awareness of her disease. With Mesothelioma Awareness Day coming up on 26th September I was more than ready to support them.

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To start with, Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from cells of the mesothelium, the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos, a mineral mined from earth and used in various fields of life. Incidence of mesothelioma has been found to be higher in populations living near naturally occurring asbestos. People can be exposed to naturally occurring asbestos in areas where mining or road construction is occurring, or when asbestos-containing rock is naturally weathered.

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Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, gaskets, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. Family members and others living with asbestos workers have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, and possibly other asbestos related diseases. This risk may be the result of exposure to asbestos dust brought home on the clothing and hair of asbestos workers.

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Here is an infographic with facts and status of Mesothelioma:-

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People who are diagnosed with mesothelioma live between 12 and 21 months on average. However, between 5% and 10% of mesothelioma survivors live for at least five years after diagnosis.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to serving mesothelioma victims and their families.

Please share this post with hashtag #MesoAwarenessDay to spread awareness on this disease and educate people on how to prevent this disease. It doesn’t take much time and effort but may help somebody somewhere to save one life.

♥ Abidha Basheer ♥

Note: This post is meant for public awareness. I am not compensated in anyway for the publication of this post.

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