ADAO announces Raise Your Voice | #ENDMeso campaign

2 Sep 2015 by under Events

Raise Your Voice ENDMeso CANVA 4 450x225 ADAO announces Raise Your Voice | #ENDMeso campaignThe Disease Awareness Organization () has announced a social media campaign focused on the lives of 12 mesothelioma victims in order to help Congress understand the dangers of asbestos exposure and encourage legislators to ban the substance once and for all.

“The Raise Your Voice | #ENDMeso campaign strives to make sure every member of Congress hears our stories,” Linda Reinstein, President and CEO of ADAO said. “It’s beyond an outrage that our leaders in Washington, DC have not banned asbestos like 55 other countries have done. Most Americans can’t identify asbestos and certainly can’t manage the risk on their own. Most wrongly believe that asbestos is banned. We demand transparency and action now. We are sick and tired of pleading with Congress to end the asbestos man-made disaster, while thousands of asbestos victims get sick and die. If Congress had taken steps to stop the use and importation of asbestos decades ago, many of those who have died may very well be with us today.”

ADAO’s #ENDMeso campaign is also being used to draw attention to the upcoming Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26. Beginning Sept. 1, ADAO has been asking warriors in the fight to ban asbestos to post messages, tell their story, and share original Tell Your Story #ENDMeso graphics throughout their social networks and to use the hashtag #ENDMEso. “With each post, share, or retweet, you are raising asbestos and mesothelioma awareness,” the campaign urges.

According to ADAO, up to 15,000 U.S. citizens die annually from mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, laryngeal and ovarian cancers, including non-malignant respiratory and lung diseases related to asbestos exposure. In 2014 alone, the U.S. Geological Survey claimed that “Asbestos consumption in the United States was 400 tons” and “the chloralkali industry accounted for an estimated 88 percent of U.S. consumption.”

Asbestos, the naturally occurring carcinogen, is a fibrous mineral known for its tensile strength, flexibility, resistance to degradation, and electrical resistance. For decades, these minerals have been used in thousands of products such as insulation, fireproofing materials, automotive brakes, textiles, cement, and wallboard materials. Asbestos particles remain in the air, and the inhalation or ingestion of these particles leads to the development of a number of dangerous illnesses, including mesothelioma.

The most common form, pleural mesothelioma, affects the lining of the lungs. In the United States, there are about 2,500 cases of this type of mesothelioma diagnosed per year. Peritoneal mesothelioma is found within the lining of the abdominal organs and accounts for roughly 250 cases annually. The third and least common type, pericardial mesothelioma, occurs in the lining of the heart, but only accounts for about 5 percent of cases per year. ADAO cites statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), which says there is no safe level of exposure and estimates that 107,000 workers around the world will die every year of an asbestos-related disease, equaling 300 deaths per day.

“’Me·so·the·li·o·ma’ is not just a word in a television ad or an advertisement on a city bus. An estimated 3,000 Americans die each year from preventable mesothelioma and imports continue to cross our borders,” Reinstein said.

Sources:

WAAY31
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization

 

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