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Mesothelioma Answers

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs, chest, abdomen, or heart. The main risk factor for development of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Learn more about mesothelioma.

Medical experts consider mesothelioma to be one of the most painful, aggressive, and deadly cancers. Learn more about the different mesothelioma types, causes, and risk factors.

3,500 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma per year. The Meso Foundation offers a number of resources and programs for mesothelioma patients and families.

Over 100,000 Americans are expected to die of mesothelioma within the next 40 years. View more mesothelioma statistics and facts.

Mesothelioma is one of the least funded cancers by the National Cancer Institute. Learn about the Meso Foundation's research grant program and mesothelioma funding from the Department of Defense.

Lack of research funding means there are extremely limited treatment options and no early detection screenings available. Learn more about diagnosing mesothelioma and the treatment options available to patients.


The EPA estimates that asbestos is still present in tens of millions of homes, government buildings, schools, and has also been found naturally-occurring in the soil in several locations in the United States, sometimes in very close proximity to inhabited areas.

When disturbed, microscopic asbestos particles become airborne and are easily inhaled. No amount of exposure is deemed safe.

Workers in a number of industries and occupations, their families, and people with no history of occupational exposure, were exposed and continue to be exposed to asbestos. As a result, 3,500 of them, per year, will develop mesothelioma. 

Although, the United States has placed heavy regulations on its use, asbestos has still not been completely banned and continues to be used.


Perhaps the quickest and simplest way to support the Meso Foundation's mission is to make a donation. Given the long latency of mesothelioma, for thousands of Americans, the damage has already been done -- the asbestos has been inhaled. Now it is our responsibility to invest in prevention research, and to make sure that if they develop mesothelioma, life-saving treatments and a cure are waiting for them. The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. If you still need convincing, click here for more reasons why you should give.

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Another easy way to get involved is to get informed and share this information with others. To ensure you stay up-to-date on mesothelioma news and information, sign up to receive e-news from the Meso Foundation.

To go a step further, check out how you can get involved in raising awareness and funds.