Almost daily I read stories about people who got cancer from their environment and/or the foods they were eating. Often times these patients have no idea that the environment where they live or work contains cancer causing chemicals.
Sure, the law requires Prop 65 signs be posted in public places, warning us that “something” in that area can cause cancer, but they never say exactly what. So what good does that silly sign do? I’ll tell you what…nothing! It’s a big game of smoke and mirrors. For example: Asbestos was been making people sick for decades before something was done about it. Since it takes just as long for the symptoms to manifest, people are still getting sick. According to the Mesothelioma website:
“… Individuals who worked in industries that used asbestos as insulation are most vulnerable. Anyone who worked with asbestos while removing it, installing it or as it was used for insulation may be at risk. This mainly includes shipbuilders, steel workers, military veterans, automotive industry workers and construction workers but can involve others as well…”
You can bet none of those people knew they would get sick from just going to work and trying to make a living. Getting a cancer diagnosis (no matter what kind) is a life altering event. There is so much to do and think about…and trying to find help while going through treatment is nearly impossible. This is one of the main reasons I write this blog…to help you find help. When I was sick, my family got the run around by government agencies that were supposed to be there to help us. It’s disgusting if you ask me, since our government should be looking out for us before we get sick…like having these cancer causing chemicals “independently” tested before they are used in public.
Luckily, there is an organization that provides help for those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or some other asbestos-related disease. Someone from Mesothelioma Survival contacted me and asked if their organization could be added to my Helpful Resource section. I am more than happy to do that. I also found out that May is Mesothelioma Awareness Month. So if you have been recently diagnosed or know someone who has, please go to their website and share their information. We have to depend on each other because the ones who we elect to “protect” us certainly won’t do it.
Be well and stay informed!
September 8 2021
I was recently contacted a member of the Public Outreach Department for the Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com). They are an advocacy group that works to spread awareness of asbestos-related diseases and help those currently suffering from them.
Here are some things they offer patients that set them apart from other advocacy sites:
• A monthly online support group where we discuss a variety of topics pertaining to cancer patients.
• An on-staff doctor and nurse available to answer any medical-related questions.
• 24-hour live chat support.
• Patient Advocates that work 1-on-1 with individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.
You can learn more about them by visiting their website: https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/