September 26th, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and it has been the driving force behind the movement to bring more attention and funding to this kind of cancer. Thus, I thought it fitting to start and end the week by spreading cancer awareness. To hear more about Heather and her story, click here. Here are some facts that blew me away about this kind of cancer:
Mesothelioma commonly sits dormant
in the body for 20-50 years after
initial exposure to asbestos.
Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases
of mesothelioma are diagnosed
each year. On average,
they are given 10 months to live.
Mesotheliom incidence in women is on
the rise because many women
experienced second hand exposure
from parents or spouses who worked
closely with asbestos.