Mesothelioma Foundation to speak at BoRit Asbestos Superfund Citizen Advisory Group Meeting

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Diane Blackburn-Zambetti of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation will speak at the BoRit Asbestos Superfund Citizen Advisory Group Meeting in Ambler, Pennsylvania

If constructed, this apartment complex will be the first-ever residential housing project permitted on an asbestos waste disposal site in the United States

Diane Blackburn-Zambetti is 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” at the BoRit Asbestos Superfund Citizen Advisory Group Meeting in Ambler, Pennsylvania this April. This program will discuss anatomy, six types of asbestos, asbestos products, asbestos in the environment, asbestos diseases, symptoms, treatments, prevention and proper communication with your healthcare provider.

Ambler has a long history with asbestos, dating back to 1875 when a parcel of land was the home to an asbestos insulation factory. Over the years, this land has been separated into multiple parcels. The Bast parcel is located adjacent to a Superfund site and is the proposed site of a multi-unit apartment complex.

“If constructed, this apartment complex will be the first-ever residential housing project permitted on an asbestos waste disposal site in the United States,” said Ms. Blackburn-Zambetti.

“In the year 2015, we are still suffering asbestos exposures from an insulation factory dating back to 1875. If this complex is approved, we will see asbestos disease for many decades into Ambler’s future,” she added.

The citizens advisory group works with the EPA to find viable solutions to the asbestos pollution on the BoRit Asbestos Superfund site located at the confluence of Whitpain, Upper Dublin and Ambler townships. The Citizens Advisory Group is instrumental in protecting the residents of Ambler, and all residents are encouraged to participate in this open meeting.

Diane Blackburn-Zambetti will speak at the meeting along with Keith Cengel, MD, PhD, who is a mesothelioma patient and radiation oncologist working in Philadelphia, PA.

This meeting will commence at 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Upper Dublin Township Building located at 801 Loch Ash Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034.

Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards.

ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate 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 http://www.curemeso.org.

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