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Asbestos and Mesothelioma Prevention: Our Mission

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Mesothelioma Prevention

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (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 peer-reviewed 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 establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $9 million to research.

Most cases of mesothelioma, a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart, are known to be caused by exposure to asbestos, therefore we believe that prevention of exposures to asbestos, and other known carcinogens associated with the development of mesothelioma, will contribute to our mission.

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. According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an estimated 1.3 million construction employees continue to be occupationally exposed to asbestos.

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

In the United States, many workers in a number of industries and occupations, their families, and even people with no history of occupational exposure were exposed and continue to be exposed to asbestos, and as a result are diagnosed with asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

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

By uniting globally with top experts, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation strives to be the leader in mesothelioma prevention and prevention education, by:

• Bringing together top environmental and medical experts who share the common goal of eradicating mesothelioma;
•Instilling a thought process of “Stop – Look – Think” to eliminate reactive decisions, prevent unnecessary exposures and take-home exposures;
•Funding research into early detection of mesothelioma and at-risk populations.

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