Next week in Bethesda, Maryland, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will host its 15th annual International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. This event joins those affected by mesothelioma and the experts currently treating the disease.
Asbestos once filled countless U.S. homes and businesses in the form of insulation and heat-protecting materials. Throughout the construction boom following WWII, asbestos was a key element in thousands of industrial and household products, including drywall, wiring, glues, and adhesives, ceiling tiles, cement, and shingles. Some of these asbestos products remain in old structures. They are harmless if not disturbed. Asbestos injured workers while on the job.
When the asbestos industry was booming, families of workers were at great risk. Workers often came home with asbestos fibers in their hair, work clothes, and tools. This exposed family members to the toxic substance and increasing their risk of related diseases.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) presented a Workers’ Home Contamination Study to Congress that showed “families of asbestos-exposed workers have been at increased risk of pleural, pericardial or peritoneal mesothelioma, lung cancer, cancer of the gastrointestinal tract, and nonmalignant pleural and parenchymal abnormalities as well as asbestosis.”
Occupations that are at high risk for exposure in older buildings include firefighters, contractors, demolition workers, electricians, and plumbers.
2019 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma
For three days, mesothelioma specialists from across the country will lead panels at the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. They will share the latest clinical trial data along with any treatment advancements. Two prominent speakers are Dr. Taylor Ripley, Director of the Mesothelioma Treatment Center at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Harvey Pass, Chief of Division of Thoracic Surgery at NYU School of Medicine. Both have focused on clinical trials researching various therapy combinations coupled with surgical treatments to improve efficacy.
Each year, there are over 3,000 new mesothelioma cases. The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma also brings together patients, loved ones, and survivors of the disease. This network helps the diagnosed patient and his or her family feel supported. Research shows that a support group or having a strong system of support helps prolong the quality of life. The symposium gives this opportunity.
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