Welcome to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation

Founded in 2008, the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is a largely volunteer-run registered charity, dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about mesothelioma in Canada. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. The CMF supports mesothelioma patients and their families, as well as the development of a network of expertise in mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment and care across Canada. Learn more about us here.

The CMF continues to monitor recommendations on COVID and cancer

We are in unprecedented times. Since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic on March 11th, 2020, we have seen the total number of cases in Canada rise to 114,994 and we collectively are mourning the loss of 8,914 Canadians, whose deaths are related to COVID-19 (Source: Public Health Agency of Canada, July 28, 2020).

The CMF is staying abreast of the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding COVID-19. PHAC has deemed COVID-19 a serious health threat to Canadians. On its website, PHAC notes that COVID-19 can make anyone sick, but that some Canadians are at higher risk of more severe outcomes. These include, for example, people aged 65 and over, people with compromised immune systems, and people with underlying medical conditions. You can learn more about the Government of Canada's recommendations on how to prevent exposure to the virus by clicking here.

We are also actively monitoring the websites of organizations that publish clinical practice guidelines for any information on mesothelioma and COVID-19. We have created a webpage with links to resources on cancer and COVID-19 and will post information and resources on mesothelioma as they become available. You can navigate to the resource page from the Quick Links menu or by clicking here.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day, September 26, 2020

September 26, 2020 is Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  The incidence of mesothelioma, a rare aggressive cancer, continues to rise in Canada and around the world.  It is caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos-related diseases are the number one cause of workplace death in Canada.  Although asbestos is largely banned in Canada, it remains in old homes and office buildings; it doesn't just go away.  We need your support to fight this terrible disease - to help raise awareness of the dangers of exposure to asbestos and to help us support those affected by mesothelioma. 

Watch for more news on CMF's Mesothelioma Awareness Day activities!

Cancer and COVID-19 webinar series

The Canadian Cancer Society has created a webinar series on COVID-19 and cancer to offer support and information to people with cancer and their caregivers, family and friends. Each webinar is presented by an expert speaker and addresses a central question about managing cancer needs during this time of COVID-19. Topics include:

  • Cancer and COVID-19: Exercise for people with cancer and their families during COVID-19 (Length: 48 minutes)
  • End-of-life and palliative care in the time of COVID-19 (Length: 17 minutes)
  • COVID-19 and cancer treatment (Length: 45 minutes)
  • Cancer and COVID-19: Staying safe (Length: 21 minutes)
  • Coping with cancer and COVID-19 (Length: 25 minutes)
  • COVID-19 and cancer patients (Length: 13 minutes)

For more information and to watch a webinar: https://www.cancer.ca/en/support-and-services/resources/cancer-and-covid19-webinar-series/?region=bc


Thank you Atherton Law Firm, Miskin Law, Insulators Local 95, and BC Building Trades Council!

Atherton Law Firm has very generously donated once again to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation.  We are very grateful for Atherton Law Firm’s unwavering, continued support during these difficult times. 

Miskin Law has stepped up once again with a very generous donation to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation.  We are very grateful for Miskin Law's continuing support. 

And thank you to the Insulators Local 95 for their generous donation and whose support we value tremendously and can always count on! 

Thank you to the BC and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council!

These donations will help us continue to support those affected by mesothelioma. The pandemic has prevented the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation from holding our usual fundraising events.  This has had a devastating affect on our fundraising efforts. Please consider helping us continue our work. Donate now.  We can't do it without you!  


Breaking News: Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales in North America

"The company has faced thousands of lawsuits from cancer patients who claim that its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risks."

    - By Tiffany Hsu and in the New York Times, May 19th, 2020

In a developing story, the New York Times is reporting that Johnson & Johnson announced today (May 19, 2020) that it is discontinuing North American sales of baby powder made with talc. According to the article, Johnson & Johnson "would wind down sales over the next few months, allowing existing bottles to be sold by retailers until they run out. Baby powder made with cornstarch will remain available, and talc-based baby powder will continue to be sold in other parts of the world."

To read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/business/johnson-baby-powder-sales-stopped.html

Johnson & Johnson's consumer announcement can be read in full here: https://www.jnj.com/our-company/johnson-johnson-consumer-health-announces-discontinuation-of-talc-based-johnsons-baby-powder-in-u-s-and-canada

The CMF will continue to monitor this story and will publish updates as they emerge.

The Star and The Record publish "The Uncounted", a 6-part series of investigative reports on occupational disease in Canada

"Many Canadians work their entire adult lives assuming if they become sick because of their job, they and their families will be taken care of. For the thousands of people who do develop an occupational disease each year, the reality is very different."

            From the Introduction to "The Uncounted", by reporter Greg Mercer

On May 8th, The Star and The Record published "The Uncounted", a series of six investigative reports written by reporter Greg Mercer on the toll of occupational disease in Canada. CMF Board Chair Dr Eudice Goldberg is quoted in Part 2: Prevention and Part 6: Compensation. CMF Board Member Alec Farquar is quoted in Part 2: Prevention. The work of CMF Scientific Advisory Committee member Dr Paul Demers (Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre) is cited throughout and he is quoted in Part 1: Statistics, Part 3: Regulations, and Part 4: Diagnosis.

To view each of the reports, click on the links below:

Cancer and COVID-19

The CMF is actively monitoring the websites of organizations that publish clinical practice guidelines for any information on mesothelioma and COVID-19. We will post information and resources as they become available. Below, you will find links to resources from the Canadian Cancer Society and to provincial agencies that have posted information for patients on cancer and COVID-19. We have also provided links to the US National Cancer Institute and Mesothelioma UK.

Upcoming international conferences

The following international conferences are scheduled to take place in 2020 and 2021:

The 15th Meeting of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig 2020) will take place in Brisbane, Australia,  March 17-20, 2021. For more information: https://imig2021.org/

The International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma, originally scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas, April 6-7, 2020, has been postponed. A new date has not yet been announced. For more information: https://www.curemeso.org/get-involved/attend-conferences-and-events/symposium/

The World Conference on Lung Cancer will take place in Singapore, January 26-29, 2021. The call for abstracts has been extended to August 28, 2020. For more information: https://wclc2020.iaslc.org/.

The XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work is still scheduled to take place in Toronto, Canada, October 4-7, 2020. For more information: https://www.safety2020canada.com/

CMF online support groups for patients & caregivers

An important objective of our organisation is to support the emotional health of patients living with mesothelioma, as well as the people that care for them.  Currently, we offer a number of private, invite-only Facebook groups for mesothelioma patients, loved ones and bereaved to connect with one another, share experiences and seek support from others in similar situations.  

To join one of our groups, please follow these steps: