Friday, September 26, 2014

Mesothelioma Cancer... What is it?

I was recently contacted by a lovely woman named Heather about a topic that she is very passionate about sharing.  She asked if I would come out of blog hiding to share it with you, and I sincerely hope there are still some of you out there who will see this!

Just eight years ago, months after giving birth to her daughter, Lily, Heather was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a rare cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.  Miraculously, she survived this deadly disease through surgery, and now she wants people to know that Mesothelioma is preventable.

Mesothelioma is caused primarily by exposure to asbestos.  Did you know that asbestos was very commonly used in building materials in the past?  The very fine particles lodge themselves in the lungs and can cause problems years down the road.

There are about 2,500-3000 diagnoses in the United States each year  (Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/mesothelioma/#ixzz3ERsF4hge).  The survival rate is just 10%, which sounds quite grim, though it is gradually improving as diagnosis happens in earlier stages.

I encourage you to read the facts.  Let's learn about this disease so it can be prevented in the future!


1 comment:

Sara said...

Thanks for posting about this. It's interesting, I've been involved in conversations about this in the past and have heard things like, "Look at me, I'm fine." People don't realize how many years later this (and other cancers) can develop.