February 28th is Rare Disease Day. This day is devoted to bringing awareness to rare diseases like mesothelioma. A ‘rare disease’ is defined as a disease that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans.
According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) most Americans remain uninformed about mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer that develops from asbestos exposure and claims more than 3,000 American lives every year. Symptoms may not appear for up to 50 years after initial exposure. By that time, the cancer is normally so progressed that patients are only given a short time to live.
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral once used in many products due to its strength and ability to resist heat, as well as insulate. Asbestos was used for decades in textile products, automotive parts, home, and commercial buildings, naval ships, and more. If asbestos is disturbed, the fibers become airborne resulting in inhalation or ingestion. There is no “safe” level of exposure to asbestos.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of mesothelioma or lung cancer due to asbestos exposure, you might be wondering what resources are available to you. Please contact us to learn more.