Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to Hold Educational Class About Asbestos and Mesothelioma Prevention

Ambler, PA (PRWEB) May 06, 2015

Later this year, in September, Diane Blackburn-Zambetti, the Director of Policy and Prevention Education at the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation). Blackburn-Zambetti will present an educational program titled “Asbestos and Your Health.” Ms. Blackburn-Zambetti will be joined by Keith Cengel, MD, Penn Medicine; Richard Pepino, MSS, University of Pennsylvania Master of Public Health Program; and Ian Blair, PhD, Penn Medicine. This class will replace the class that was originally scheduled for May.

The exact location will be announced in August.

This program will discuss anatomy, six types of asbestos, asbestos products, asbestos in the environment, asbestos diseases, symptoms, treatments, prevention and proper communication with healthcare providers.

“The residents of Ambler face many decisions that will affect their own and their children’s health well into the future,” said Ms. Blackburn-Zambetti. “My goal is to provide unbiased, reliable scientific information about asbestos, as well as disease prevention, that they can use to make informed decisions.”

Ambler has a long history with asbestos, dating back to 1875 when a parcel of land was the home to an asbestos insulation factory. When disturbed, asbestos particles become airborne and are easily inhaled. No amount of exposure is deemed safe.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor most often affecting the lining of the lung or abdomen. Most cases of the disease are known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. With an average life expectancy of 4 – 14 months, medical experts consider mesothelioma as one of the most aggressive and deadly cancer. Current treatment options provide only limited effectiveness.


The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer by funding peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; providing patient support services and education; and advocating Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer-reviewed scientific research to establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $ 9 million to research. More information is available at


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