Asbestos is no joke – Asbestos Awareness Week begins today

1 Apr 2010 by under Events, News, Organizations, People

Traditionally, April 1 has been designated by the Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) as Awareness Day. The day has been officially recognized by U.S. Congress proclamation for the past six years. In recent years, the awareness effort has expanded, and now the first week of April is officially designated as . The theme for the awareness week is “Knowledge is stronger than asbestos.”

On March 26, the ADAO praised the U.S. Senate for passage of the sixth annual resolution establishing National Asbestos Awareness Week. Senate Resolution 427 also urges the Surgeon General to warn and educate Americans about the severe hazards of asbestos exposure.

The ADAO is the largest organization in the United States serving as the voice of asbestos victims, and lobbies for the complete ban of asbestos and asbestos-containing products in the U.S. Asbestos exposure is linked to the development of a number of diseases, including asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs; and mesothelioma, a deadly cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and chest, abdomen or the heart. According to statistics compiled by ADAO, in the next decade it is estimated that 100,000 workers around the world will die of an asbestos-related disease. This equals 30 deaths each day.

ADAO co-founder and CEO Linda Reinstein said, “We are grateful to the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing S. Res. 427 that will increase public awareness about asbestos, a known human carcinogen. For the past six years, ADAO has seen that a week of awareness enables agencies, institutions and organizations to promote regulatory compliance and enforcement. Americans deserve and want to know how to prevent asbestos in their homes or in the workplace.”

Asbestos Awareness Week 2010 will be held April 1-7. Visit ADAO online for more information about asbestos and its commercial use; how to prevent exposure in homes, schools and workplaces; early warning symptoms and medical treatment options; and to find out more about why asbestos is still not a banned product in the U.S. and how it is used in common household products.

6 Responses to “Asbestos is no joke – Asbestos Awareness Week begins today”

  1. mikecrill

    I can't make it due to no money and dying with asbestosis and I would like to ask someone their to mention the continued deadly exposure in Libby Mt. And ask why the town continues to be sold as safe. Yesterday at a gathering for the addition being built onto the CARD, it was stated publicly that the CARD gets 20 to 30 NEW people EACH MONTH… I know of 2000 some who have been told…in 1999 but 2010 and the sick and dying are lining up in the 20s and 30s…This is like the gassing of the Jews. As long as you got Victims to walk through that door…this Holocaust will never end.And the killing of more and more women and children continues. PLEASE PLEASE, someone mention Libby Mt.

  2. mikecrill

    I can't make it due to no money and dying with asbestosis and I would like to ask someone their to mention the continued deadly exposure in Libby Mt. And ask why the town continues to be sold as safe. Yesterday at a gathering for the addition being built onto the CARD, it was stated publicly that the CARD gets 20 to 30 NEW people EACH MONTH… I know of 2000 some who have been told…in 1999 but 2010 and the sick and dying are lining up in the 20s and 30s…This is like the gassing of the Jews. As long as you got Victims to walk through that door…this Holocaust will never end.And the killing of more and more women and children continues. PLEASE PLEASE, someone mention Libby Mt.

  3. lawyer

    Asbestos exactly is what? I don’t understand.a, good site to learn

  4. Mesothelioma Claims

    Asbestos isnt joke, you right…

    “Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals exploited commercially for their desirable physical properties. They all have in common their asbestiform habit, long, thin fibrous crystals. “

  5. Anonymous

    People need to be more aware, it is true, especially about what has happened and is still happening in Montana:
    http://www.weitzlux.com/asbestos-diseases_1933545.html

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