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Mesothelioma Awareness Day Receives Important Attention

A mesothelioma survivor recently published an article on the Huffington Post where she discussed her attempt to create awareness for the terrible disease that has resulted in the deaths of so many innocent people. Heather Von St. James mentioned how she and others have worked with the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to create a day of awareness, September 26th.

Heather called on others to use social media to publicize the upcoming occasion, an attempt to create the kind of awareness that has been so beneficial to attracting research funding and understanding of other diseases such as breast cancer and HIV/AIDs. Heather says that she also hopes the Mesothelioma Awareness Day will serve as a moment to reach out to those suffering from the condition as well as those who managed to survive it, letting them know that they are not alone and that there are others who understand their struggle.

The Huffington Post article noted that there are few examples of more innocent victims than those who are diagnosed with mesothelioma. The reason is that these people have done nothing other than unknowingly breathe in a dangerous substance while at work, at school or even at home. Once the asbestos has been breathed in it lies in wait, sometimes for decades before striking without warning, resulting in the development of mesothelioma as well as other lung diseases. Mesothelioma progresses quickly, often resulting in death in as little as 18 months after a diagnosis.

Heather has done her part and now asks that others go online to raise awareness for those who suffer from or who have lost loved ones due to mesothelioma. Raising awareness brings the stories of these victims to light and will hopefully grow into a powerful movement to expose the dangers of asbestos and lead to a permanent ban on the use of the product. Shockingly, asbestos is still used today in some commercial and industrial settings, jeopardizing the welfare of thousands more innocent lives.

To increase your awareness of the dangers of asbestos and mesothelioma, considering reading through the following article. The report discusses how mesothelioma can impact an array of workers, especially those in the railroad industry. The article was drafted by one of my firm’s experienced mesothelioma attorneys and contains important information relating to a deadly health condition.

Here's a video where one of our attorneys answers the following question: "How Much Asbestos Exposure Can Cause Mesothelioma Cancer?"

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Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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