Announces the Passage of H. Res. 771 Designating September 26th as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Dec 09, 2010, 06:35 ET from

RED BANK, N.J., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The House of Representatives passed H. Res. 771 on November 29, 2010 designating September 26th as 'National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.'  Congresswoman Betty McCollum of Minnesota, introduced the bill in the House of Representatives. The bill insists on annually recognizing a 'National Mesothelioma Awareness Day' where suitable ceremonies and activities will take place.  The President along with the U.S. federal departments, agencies, organizations and media will be requested to spread awareness on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure this coming year.    

Each year, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 cases of mesothelioma are found in the U.S. The only cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos according to O.S.H.A., the F.D.A. and countless others who have written statements notating that asbestos is a well-known carcinogen and a national public health concern.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer usually described as a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart. It has been diagnosed as the most fatal of all asbestos-related diseases.

"Mesothelioma is an almost always fatal disease, and one that affects one's entire family once diagnosed," according to Christopher Placitella, an attorney with the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, who represents clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being wrongfully exposed to asbestos.

Kathy Wiedemer, Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, said, "The passage of H. Res. 771 is an important milestone in our fight to find better treatments and a cure. Acknowledgement of mesothelioma on a national level is crucial in raising awareness and galvanizing the resources required to end the tragedy of mesothelioma."


The was created as a place to provide information on mesothelioma and asbestos litigation, to the public and other attorneys across the U.S. Christopher Placitella, Rachel Placitella, William Kuzmin, and Michael McMahon created the as a place to provide commentary and information on current mesothelioma litigation to the public and the legal community. David Lenrow, M.D. serves as medical editor, along with nurse practitioner, Deborah Robbins, to ensure that the information provided is valuable to the community. The attorneys have all played an active role in litigating countless multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.