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U.S. National Mesothelioma Awareness Day – 26 September !

2011-09-14:  Again … closely related to our current discussions about the Environmental Impacts of the 9-11 WTC Incident in New York …

You will find the following useful information about Mesothelioma on the Irish Lung Foundation’s WebSite

THE PLEURA: THE LINING OF THE LUNG  –  Both of your lungs are surrounded by two very thin layers, like ‘cling film’.  These layers are called the pleura.  The inner layer of film is attached to the lung.  It is known as the visceral pleura.  The outer layer is called the parietal pleura.  The two layers are separated by a very small amount of fluid.  This fluid keeps the pleura moistened.  The pleura are very thin.  This allows the lungs to expand and contract without difficulty.  However, the pleura can become thickened or hard.  This will prevent the lungs from expanding properly, making it difficult to breathe.  This happens with Mesothelioma.

WHAT IS MEANT BY MESOTHELIOMA ?  –  Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that grows on the pleura around the lung.  It can rarely grow in other places.  These include the lining of the abdomen, the lining of the testicle and the lining of the heart.  However, in 8 out of 10 cases of Mesothelioma, it is the pleura that is affected.

WHAT CAUSES MESOTHELIOMA ?  –  In the vast majority of cases, inhaling certain types of asbestos dust is the cause of Mesothelioma.  About 7 out of every 10 cases of Pleural Mesothelioma are due to exposure to asbestos.  A virus called SV40 has also been linked to the development of Mesothelioma.  However, this link has not yet been proven.  Exposure to a variety of other dusts may also cause this cancer.  Asbestos exposure does remain the most important factor.

Colour photograph showing a Firefighter on the day after 9-11 (2001). Photograph by Matthew McDermott / Corbis Sygma.
Colour photograph showing a Firefighter on the day after 9-11 (2001). Photograph by Matthew McDermott / Corbis Sygma.


A few days ago … on Wednesday, 7 September 2011 … we received the following e-mail from the other side of the pond (USA) …

Good Morning, Friends at Sustainable Design International !

After visiting the  Sustainable Design International WebSite, I was extremely impressed by the level of environmental responsibility exhibited.  My name is Jenna Cole and I represent  I am contacting you to offer our resource to further illustrate your dedication, and to inform you about an upcoming event with hopes that you would mention our WebSite.

On September 26th, we are proud to celebrate U.S. National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  To honour this day, we are trying to spread awareness by educating as many on-line communities about the dangers of asbestos exposure and how it can lead to this terminal disease.  Asbestos was used as insulation in buildings for centuries and can be a threat to workers and homeowners making these ‘green’ improvements.

By mentioning our Mesothelioma Survival Rate Page … on the Sustainable Design International WebSite, you have the opportunity to dispel some of the myths surrounding this environmental hazard, while promoting National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.  I look forward to hearing back from you soon !

Many thanks,

Jenna Cole –



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