US mesothelioma conference brings community together in Vegas


From 7 to 8 March, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation gathers in Las Vegas for its 10th annual gathering.

The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) Symposium is a chance for everyone affected with the deadly cancer, from direct sufferers to family and friends, carers and policymakers, to put their heads together and share news and experiences.

This year's main theme is "All in for a cure".

Mesothelioma is an acute cancer, often fatal, which attacks the lining of the lungs and is associated with the inhalation of asbestos: an insulation and fire-retardant material commonly used in building and construction until its European ban in 2005.

MARF is America's premier non-profit body committed to discovering a cure for mesothelioma. The Foundation's yearly event is considered vital for regularly gathering those affected by the disease under a single roof.

Specialists in mesothelioma from throughout the US, including professionals from the NYU Langone Medical Center and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, will be discussing a variety of issues, among them the role played by genes in the development of mesothelioma and potential new ways of treating the condition.

Joseph Belluck, a partner with Belluck & Fox LLP, which helps support the Symposium with an educational grant, said persistence is needed from the scientific and medical community to identify new ways of dealing with the disease.

"By supporting the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation's Symposium, we help ensure that the researchers and mesothelioma patients and their families have an opportunity to educate each other, as well as helping to raise awareness of the needs of the community," Mr Belluck said.

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