Global Asbestos Awareness Week – April 1-7, 2014

1 Apr 2014 by under Events, Research/Treatment

Asbestos Awareness Week 2014 100x100 Global Asbestos Awareness Week   April 1 7, 2014Today marks the start of Global Awareness Week (GAAW), which will be observed April 1-7, 2014. The event was started as National Awareness Day in 2005, expanded to National Awareness Week, and is now recognized globally as a time to educate the public about the dangers of .

Exposure to asbestos is known to be linked to the development of serious respiratory disease, including asbestosis, a severe scarring of the lungs, as well as , a deadly cancer that most often attacks the lining of the lungs or abdomen. When asbestos is mined, or materials containing asbestos are crushed or broken, the mineral releases microscopic fibers that can be inhaled or ingested.

Asbestos Awareness Day was started by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which was founded in 2004 by Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin. The event usually coincides with the organization’s International Asbestos Awareness Conference, which brings together physicians, researchers, mesothelioma and asbestos-disease patients and their families and caregivers, and others concerned about the public health impacts of asbestos.

On its website, the ADAO notes that “the only way to end the deadly legacy of asbestos is through education and awareness to prevent exposure, policy to ban asbestos, and a cure for asbestos-related diseases.” ADAO will feature a different topic each day of Global Asbestos Awareness Week on the website.

For Day 1, ADAO has created an astounding infographic about the prevalence of asbestos in the United States, titled “Asbestos: Legal and Lethal in the USA.” Visit their website each day for more information about asbestos and what can be done to eradicate this deadly threat worldwide.

ADAO’s 10th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference is set for April 4-6 in Washington, D.C. The theme is “Where Knowledge and Action Unite.”

Other asbestos- and mesothelioma awareness organizations are participating in the recognition of Global Asbestos Awareness Week. Among them is the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), which is dedicated to providing funds for research into life-saving treatments and a cure for mesothelioma.

The Meso Foundation seeks philanthropic support to accomplish its mission of funding peer-reviewed mesothelioma research, provide patient support services and education, and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. To date, the Meso Foundation has provided nearly $9 million in funding for mesothelioma research.

Meso Foundation

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