Mesothelioma is a very rare and preventable cancer and because of this, many people do not know it exists or what causes it. Mesothelioma Awareness Day helps solve this by making people aware of the disease. Workers and families whose lives have been destroyed by the devastating effects of the disease can be celebrated and shown that they are not the only ones dealing with it. Standing behind those who have lost a loved one to mesothelioma or are going through the fight themselves can also have a very positive effect because when people know that other people are going through something similar, a sense of community and support system can be created for people to lean against. When sufferers see others wearing blue, the official color of mesothelioma awareness, they can feel good knowing that others stand behind and support them.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day is also a great way to raise money for research. It is expensive to test new advancements in medicine, so any amount of donations can greatly help those who are researching the disease and finding new developments. Setting up fundraisers or creating fun ways to raise money through the workplace can have positive results on mesothelioma sufferers’ lives. If research continues to happen and new advances are found, people suffering from mesothelioma can have their lives extended or even have their lives saved because of the research that has been done.
Mesothelioma Awareness Day also helps people learn that mesothelioma is entirely preventable. Since asbestos is the only cause, people only have to avoid asbestos to avoid developing the disease. The carcinogenic substance can be found in many different industrial and building products and can even be found in schools and people’s homes. Once disturbed, the sharp, microscopic fibers enter the body and become embedded in the mesothelium, causing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a dangerous and deadly cancer, and as long as people avoid asbestos, they can avoid developing the disease.
Thanks to Mesothelioma Awareness Day, more people know about the disease and what causes it. This improves the morale of those suffering and helps to prevent asbestos exposure. Putting faces and names to the statistics also shows the true cost of disregarding safety regulations. Being exposed to asbestos causes hard working individuals to die prematurely just because they worked around asbestos. Many people’s lives can be saved if they know the devastating effects of asbestos, which Mesothelioma Awareness Day tries to accomplish.