Running to Find a Cure for Mesothelioma [infographic]
Every year, hundreds of people gather around the country to participate in a race called Miles for Meso, a national series of races, fun runs and walks to support mesothelioma awareness and research.
Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. While mesothelioma treatments are improving, there is no known cure for the disease and more funding is needed to support medical research in this field.
The infographic below, created by Sokolove Law (disclosure: client), a personal injury firm based out of Boston, puts asbestos exposure and mesothelioma into perspective:
If you pay attention to the news, there are more and more Mesothelioma cases that are being played out across the world. Recently, mesothelioma was the cause of death of a woman who allegedly developed the disease after years of washing her husband’s work clothes that were regularly covered in asbestos.
According to the Derby Telegraph, Jill Bolstridge washed her husband’s work clothes for 10 years, first by shaking the dirt of from the overalls before putting them into the washing machine. Her husband worked at engineering firm S Robinson and Sons.
Bolstridge's appears to be due to exposure and per the infographic, there are no safe levels of exposure. Additionally, there are 30 asbestos-related deaths per day in the U.S.