A town in New Jersey has joined a number of other towns, cities, and states in observing September 26th as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. This day was first recognized by the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania City Council back in 2003, with campaigners hoping to make this recognition more widespread.
Over the past six years a rising number of cities and states have also recognized this date as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, and it is thought that the more places that start to observe this awareness day the more can be done in terms of organizing support and highlighting the need for research and funding.
The latest town that has decided that it will be observing this date as National Mesothelioma Day is the township of Berkeley Heights in New Jersey. One mesothelioma victim from the area attended a Township Council of Berkeley Heights meeting when the decision was made.
Malignant mesothelioma is a serious and deadly form of asbestos cancer for which there is currently no cure. Mesothelioma diagnosis can be very difficult, as the latency period can be several decades. The cancer stems from long term and high level exposure to asbestos.