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Why Donate to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation


Each year, approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma.Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that aggressively and painfully invades the lining of the lungs, heart or stomach until it destroys the vital organs. Research to understand mesothelioma and to develop effective treatments has lagged far behind other cancers. As a result, diagnosis is difficult and often delayed. Worse, current attempts to treat the disease generally have only limited affect. The consequence is that mesothelioma patients have very few treatment options available to them, and on average survive only 4 to 14 months.


Asbestos exposure is a known risk factor for mesothelioma.Although the United States has placed heavy regulations on its use, asbestos has still not been completely banned and continues to be used. However this connection is not immediate, as the latency period between asbestos exposure and development of disease can range between 20 – 50 years.This means that patients of today were exposed to asbestos decades ago, but also that patients of tomorrow, too, have likely already been exposed.

Asbestos is still present in tens of millions of homes, government buildings, and schools. Asbestos has also been found naturally-occurring in the soil inseveral locations in the United States, sometimes in very close proximity to inhabited areas. When disturbed, asbestos particles become airborne and are easily inhaled. Scientists have identified that no amount of exposure is safe.In other words, mesothelioma is not going away by itself.

Life-saving treatments are the only hope for those fighting mesothelioma today, and those who will develop mesothelioma in the future.


The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer-reviewed scientific research to develop life-saving treatments for this extremely aggressive cancer.To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research.