In 2004, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and community volunteers established Mesothelioma Awareness Day. This September 26th marks the 14th anniversary of the awareness day, which was founded to spread information about this rare cancer and increase funding for research and prevention.
Mesothelioma cancer is a rare form of cancer resulting from exposure to the mineral asbestos. Asbestos is often found in older buildings, automobiles, and construction materials. Older public infrastructure like schools and office buildings can still contain asbestos, making mesothelioma the most common occupational cancer. To learn more about this cancer, its risk factors, and how to avoid asbestos exposure, visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.