Current statistics show as many as 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the United States each year, and 10,000 Americans die from asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs or, more rarely, the lining of the abdomen and/or the heart. There is only one way to develop this type of cancer – exposure to asbestos.
In February 2008, in an effort to raise awareness among the public about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos exposure, Beasley Allen established a web log (or “blog”) at www.myMeso.org. The site provides a forum for those affected by mesothelioma, and creates a network of information and resources expanding hope for a cure.
This month, Wendi Lewis, Beasley Allen’s communications director and writer for www.myMeso.org, will travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2009 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, presented by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF). The conference (June 25-27) brings together patients, caregivers, family members and those with mesothelioma or who have lost a loved one to meso, as well as advocates, and medical and scientific experts.
The conference will provide information about research and treatment, and an opportunity for networking. Highlights of the conference include a Tribute Ceremony to remember those who have lost their battle with mesothelioma, and a Celebration of Hope gala dinner to recognize the efforts of those working toward awareness and a cure.
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