Data that was recently released by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation has indicated that between the year 2000 and this year there has been an eightfold increase in the number of applications for funding for malignant mesothelioma research. The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is the main independent source for funding in this sector.

Officials from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation have said that in 2000 there were only seven applications looking for consideration for mesothelioma research funding. However, in 2009 this had shot up to fifty six applications for funding.

The foundation was set up as a result of the lack of support and funding that was in place for research into the asbestos cancer mesothelioma. So far the foundation has awarded around six million dollars in funding so that further research can be carried out into treatment for this cancer.

An official from the foundation said: “Through nearly a decade of leading the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, I am continuously inspired by the strength and compassion of the mesothelioma community. This community, despite grave challenges, does not give up hope or commitment to a cure. Volunteers and donors like Erica and hundreds of others, who despite their own deep personal losses and struggles, remain committed to a better future for all mesothelioma patients and families, will help us find new treatments and, one day, a cure.”

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