Each year in the United States, an estimated 3,300 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma. This rare cancer affects the mesothelium — a thin layer of tissue that surrounds the lungs, stomach, and heart. Mesothelioma is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring, fibrous mineral. This durable, fire-resistant substance was once heavily used for insulation in commercial buildings, on military bases, and in homes.

Decades later, asbestos was deemed a carcinogen, but the damage was already done: millions of Americans were either directly or indirectly exposed to the toxin, greatly increasing their chances of developing an asbestos-related illness in the future.

A mesothelioma diagnosis is scary — for both patients and their families. Survival depends on several different factors: the type of mesothelioma, the location of the tumors, and whether or not the cancer has spread to other areas of the body. Even gender can play a role in a patient’s treatment and prognosis.

September 26th is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. It was established in 2004 to bring attention to this rare cancer, honor those who have lost their lives, and provide a sense of support and community for those currently fighting the disease.

The most important thing to remember is this: you are not a statistic. There is hope. Take some time to read through our site. Mesothelioma Hub has everything you need, from information about mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases to the latest treatment options, legal advice, resources to pursue financial compensation, support for veterans, and a sense of community.

It’s time to take action and get involved. Learn more about mesothelioma events in your area and find new ways to support family and friends in the fight to cure this disease.