Mesothelioma Awareness Day
September 26 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day and this day is dedicated to bring more attention and funding for this cancer. Mesothelioma is defined as a form of cancer often caused by asbestos that affects the lining of the lungs, chest, heart and abdomen. Those who are exposed to asbestos are at risk. That means we all might have been exposed to asbestos at some time during our lives. Low levels of asbestos is present in the air, water and soil.According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asbestos is still present in millions of homes, schools and government buildings.
Asbestos becomes a health hazard when it is disturbed and the asbestos particles become airborne and are inhaled. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation recently talks about an important issue. They state, "So while a total ban on asbestos would be a welcomed change to our nation’s regulation of carcinogens and an effort that the Meso Foundation fully supports, the fact is that, as a method of prevention, a ban is not helpful to those people who have already been exposed, or who will continue to be exposed to the asbestos already present (and sometimes impossible to remove) in our environment." The foundation is dedicated in spreading awareness and gives us all the opportunity to be involved.
Mark your calendars because starting now until September 26 is the time to be involved in different ways. When discussing about Mesothelioma Awareness Day you can simply use the hashtag #curemeso. To learn other ways to be involved visit CureMeso.org. If you think your home or building contains asbestos, it is important to seek professional assistance. Alliance Environmental is a licensed asbestos removal company with extensive experience in properly containing the asbestos, complete decontamination of the site, and lawful disposal of the contaminated materials.