I often get emails requesting my support for a certain cause or if I will write a guest post for a particular topic. A few weeks ago I received one and, after reading the personal story, I simply could not say “no.” I don’t know this family personally, but I am honored that they considered this piece of real estate on the internet worthy enough to raise awareness about something that hit very close to home for them. After reading their story of diagnoses and miraculous survival, I too wanted to join them in raising awareness.
Here are some alarming facts about mesothelioma:
Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called the mesothelium. The only known causeto mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos exposure was first linked to mesothelioma cancer in 1964. Worldwide mesothelioma cases are expected to reach their peak around the year 2020.
Mesothelioma commonly sits dormant in the body for 20-50 years after initial exposure to asbestos.
80% of all mesothelioma cases occur within the lining of the lungs. There are two other recognized types; peritoneal mesothelioma occurring in the abdominal lining, and pericardial mesothelioma occurring in the heart’s lining.
Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. On average, they are given 10 months to live.
Mesothelioma is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 50 and 70, but it is not uncommon among younger generations who may have experienced second hand exposure.
Mesotheliom incidence in women is on the rise because many women experienced second hand exposure from parents or spouses who worked closely with asbestos.
For more information about mesothelioma, here are some additional resources:
http://www.mesothelioma.com/treatment/ – You can read about the treatment Heather went through.
http://www.mesothelioma.com/heather/awareness – Heather’s awareness page!
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is September 26th. If you don’t mind, spread the word by sharing this post with others in your social media feeds. Let’s pray for more survival stories like Heather’s.