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 in 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.
In June, Beasley Allen’s communications director and writer for www.myMeso.org, Wendi Lewis, traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2009 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, presented by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF), June 25-27th. The conference brings together patients, caregivers, family members, and those with mesothelioma or individuals who have lost a loved one to meso, as well as advocates, and medical and scientific experts.
The conference provided information about research and treatment, and an opportunity for networking. Highlights of the conference included 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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