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Recently, there has been an increase in mesothelioma awareness throughout the United States. Non-profit organizations in particular are getting the word out to the masses about this deadly disease and the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. They hope to find a cure to pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF)is leading the efforts in getting the word out and fighting for a cure to this disease that is linked to asbestos exposure.
The United States government agency that keeps track of Mesothelioma mortality rates is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This agency has reported a Mesothelioma mortality rate in the US during this past decade as being over 20,000 people. This rate is increasing but it should stabilize in this decade.
Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is a non-profit organization that is committed to finding a cure for mesothelioma. The organization funds high quality mesothelioma research projects worldwide, provides help and support to patients, educates the public about mesothelioma cancer, and advocate for federal mesothelioma research funding. Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation’s mission is to eradicate mesothelioma as a life-ending disease.
I am sure my story is not unique for a child who grew up in the industrial belt of America, who has lost a parent to the dreaded disease mesothelioma. My dad worked in a shipyard all his life. He received many commendations for his endless hours of producing high quality welding of ships over the years. Even when we told him to tone it down, his response was “it’s what I do so let me die doing it”.
Mesothelioma is a serious cancerous disease with very low survival rates despite the various new treatment options that have helped in increasing the longevity of patients. Statistics indicate that the average survival period after diagnosis is one year with a slight increase to two years with aggressive treatment. It has been found that in more than 95% of cases, mesothelioma occurs due to asbestos exposure.