World Cancer Day 2014: Debunking the Myths about Mesothelioma
World Cancer Day, celebrated annually on February 4th, unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. This year’s theme is “Debunking the Myths,” an important need for all types of cancer, including mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.
There are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma each year in the United States. By increasing awareness of this deadly disease and debunking some myths about asbestos and mesothelioma, we can help fight cancer together.
5 Myths about Asbestos and Mesothelioma
- No One Uses Asbestos Anymore —It’s Banned
Asbestos is not banned in the United States. There are strict regulations governing its use, but there are still more than 3,000 consumer products that contain asbestos today.
- Lawyers Exaggerate the Dangers of Asbestos
There is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, but the direct connection between asbestos exposure and this deadly disease is well documented.
- Mesothelioma Is a Disease of the Elderly
People under the age of 50 are rarely diagnosed with mesothelioma, but there are confirmed cases of 13-year-old young women with mesothelioma in the United States and abroad.
- All Mesothelioma Victims Worked Directly with Asbestos
Not only are those who worked directly with asbestos-containing products at risk for developing mesothelioma; family members’ secondary exposure puts them at risk as well.
- Those Who Worked around Asbestos Knew the Risks
Until the truth came out in the 1970s, manufacturers hid the dangers of asbestos-containing products from the public and even from those who worked with these products daily.