September 26 is the official Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a time dedicated to helping spread the awareness of the illness affecting countries everywhere. In fact, Australia is the country with one of the highest rate of mesothelioma cases since the 80s. However, mesothelioma is one of the most underfunded types of cancer research done across the globe. 

Despite being a preventable type of cancer, mesothelioma’s symptoms don’t manifest until later on, which makes it difficult to determine whether or not one has been exposed to asbestos. It is an illness that anyone can get without knowing, which is why spreading awareness will surely help millions across the globe take caution. It is also a day to remember or honor the loved ones in our life that have fearlessly fought or are still fighting to survive the battle that mesothelioma has presented them with. 

Think there’s a lot you still don’t quite know about Mesothelioma? Here are some important facts that can help you spread awareness.

Important Facts To Know For Mesothelioma Awareness Day

What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of acquired cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. It affects the smooth lining in the chest, heart, abdomen, and lungs. It is called mesothelioma because it affects the mesothelial cells, which are the cells that make up the layer of tissue that surrounds these organs. 

Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form, which affects the thin lining of the lungs called pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma is less common, which affects the lining of the abdominal organ. Pericardial mesothelioma is quite rare, which affects the lining of the heart.   

How Is It Acquired?

Asbestos is a type of silicate mineral popularly used in the 1950s when its effects were still not known. It was used in building structures because it was fire-proof. Research later then found that inhaling or being exposed to asbestos dust can lead to many life-threatening diseases, including mesothelioma. 

Who Does It Affect Most?

Asbestos was common in home and building construction until its effects were discovered later on. Most people who are later diagnosed were generally construction workers, carpenters, plumbers, and even DIY handymen and women who renovated their own homes.

There is an average of over 4,000 deaths a year related to asbestos, 766 of which are caused by mesothelioma. Australia has the second-highest rate of mesothelioma cases across the globe.  

Why Do We Need Mesothelioma Awareness Day?    

Mesothelioma may be a very difficult illness to battle, but there is always something people can do. Having a Mesothelioma Awareness Day unites people across the country to teach people what mesothelioma is and what anyone can do to help. We also recognize the brave people who continue to battle mesothelioma and live the best life they could. By spreading awareness, it will take things one step closer to fighting the illness.

Whether you know anyone who has been diagnosed, in the risk of acquiring or are currently battling mesothelioma, know that this Mesothelioma Awareness Day is dedicated to all the hardships you’ve been through. And if you have just learned about mesothelioma, support the cause by wearing blue, the official colour of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and help get the message across. 

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