Recently, the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center was awarded over $3 million in grants for cancer research and career development. Specifically, the awards are for malignant mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma is a rare and fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. Currently, there is no cure.
Mesothelioma affects thousands of individuals each year. Those who are most likely to receive a mesothelioma diagnosis include blue collar workers in many trades. It has been reported that one in three mesothelioma victims is a military veteran. We are thrilled that these awards will help benefit some of the hardest working people in our country.
The UH Cancer Center researchers will work on discovering biomarkers that will help predict the risk of developing mesothelioma cancer, which can occur around the lungs, abdomen, and other organs. Since early detection is the key to living a longer, healthier life with the disease, awards like these provide hope for those who have an exposure history.
Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma due to exposure on the job? Many workers and veterans have been compensated for their injuries, due to the fact that many asbestos companies exposing individuals to the substance despite knowing the associated dangers. We encourage you to reach out to an attorney to determine your own legal options.