Mesothelioma is a disease that is so rare that very few people are familiar have heard of it. Though it’s a good thing that it is diagnosed in fewer than 3,500 people per year, it’s scarcity has a downside, in that the condition doesn’t get the same kind of attention, fundraising, educational efforts or support as other diseases do. For that reason, members of the mesothelioma support community created Mesothelioma Awareness Day back in the year 2004, and the event has grown in recognition and participation ever since then. In the 13 years since it was created, Mesothelioma Awareness Day has seen more and more people engaging and learning about the disease. It has even been featured every year on the Today Show at Rockefeller Plaza, where advocates can be seen wearing their blue shirts and educating the public about this rare and deadly form of cancer.
Unlike most other types of cancer, mesothelioma is caused by one and only one thing – exposure to asbestos. The material is a mineral that has been used around the world for centuries, though in the United States its most extensive use was during the 20th century. It is largely used in industrial and construction applications because of its strength and its resistance to heat and flame. There have been questions about asbestos safety since Ancient Roman times, but it was not until the 1970s that the Environmental Protection Agency investigated asbestos and found that it caused numerous deadly illnesses. From that time forward, its use in the United States has been dramatically curtailed, though it has not yet been banned. Unfortunately, the protections that were put in place came too late for those who were exposed years ago. Many of them have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Since the time that asbestos’ dangers became widely known, victims of mesothelioma have learned that the companies that exposed them to asbestos were aware of the material’s dangers, but chose to continue making a profit rather than ceasing to use the inexpensive material. As a result, at the same time that victims have been raising awareness and funds to support a cure, they have also been seeking justice from these companies through mesothelioma lawsuits seeking compensation for their medical expenses and other damages that they’ve suffered. If you or someone you love has been a victim of an asbestos companies’ greed and negligence, contact us today to learn about your rights. We can be reached at 1-800-966-2244,