Bernie Banton was an activist for asbestos research and awareness who died of mesothelioma in 2007. Now, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is contributing $5 million to the world's largest asbestos research institute in honor of Banton. Awareness and research may be instrumental in helping mesothelioma sufferers and their families.
Rudd estimates that 750 Australians will be diagnosed with mesothelioma next year, and that by 2020, there will be 13,000 cases. These numbers are comparable to the US and the UK as well. With rapidly growing numbers like this, it is imperative that this research center and others like it exist to help all the people who will be diagnosed with mesothelioma and asbestos related disease in the coming years.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact the mesothelioma attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-220-9341.