Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the United States.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were: ‘2,538 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain in 2013, a similar number to 2,548 deaths in 2012, but substantially high than 2,312 deaths in 2011.’
So with mesothelioma on the rise in Great Britain, it seems appropriate now more than ever to make people aware of the cancer, not only in the USA but everywhere.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma can attack the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), or the pericardium (a tissue sac surrounding the heart). Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type, covering 75% of mesothelioma cases.
Mesothelioma is the result of asbestos exposure. When breathed in, asbestos fibres can work their way into the pleura which lines the lungs. Over time the asbestos fibres can irritate the pleural causing mutations, and in turn give way to cancerous growths and the development of mesothelioma, as well as other life threatening or debilitating diseases.
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
In the United States, ADAO (Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization) are working towards the complete ban of asbestos.
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While the complete ban has already been in place in the UK now since 1999, asbestos still remains a huge problem here because of the scale of its usage in the past. Remember to always remain vigilant around the material!