The 11th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day takes place on September 26th. The day was designed to bring the widespread awareness of the causes and consequences of mesothelioma cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, through education and advocacy.
Dozens of communities across the nation form sponsor events on Mesothelioma Awareness Day, from fundraisers to charity runs to high-profile sporting events. Many of the events are created by the families of mesothelioma victims.
The number one cause of mesothelioma cancer is asbestos exposure. With enough awareness, organizations such as the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) hope to change the way the United States deals with cancer-causing materials like asbestos.
As many as 4,000 Americans receive a mesothelioma diagnosis every year. The often fatal disease can take decades to develop after initial exposure to asbestos.