Alton in the United States is hosting their fourth annual Alton Miles for Meso race on Saturday. The main goal of this race is to raise much needed funds for mesothelioma research. The race is something that involves a large variety of people from professional runners, walkers and families.
The Alton race is one of three Miles for Meso races that have taken place during September all over America in celebrating National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The funds raised from the race will go toward helping medical research hopefully develop a cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases.
Along with America, Australia too feels the devastating effects of mesothelioma. Due to the heavy use of asbestos in Australia’s past, we now have one of the highest rates of asbestos related cancer deaths in the world. In 2007 it was recorded 551 people died from mesothelioma in Australia and experts predict this figure to peak in 2020.
Thus like America, raising funds and awareness for mesothelioma is extremely important within Australia, to hopefully develop a cure and reduce the number of people affected by this disease. Any cure would also hopefully ease the Australian Court system, as there are many mesothelioma compensation claims in Australia. Some states have streamlined the process, for example, in New South Wales, asbestos and mesothelioma compensation claims are run through the Dust Diseases Tribunal of New South Wales. In Victoria asbestos and mesothelioma compensation claims, specific legislation assists Victorian sufferers of mesothelioma and asbestosis; and in South Australia asbestos and mesothelioma compensation claims, again, there is specific legislation that assists South Australian sufferers of mesothelioma and asbestosis pursue their rights.