The 11th annual Asbestos Awareness Week will kick off on Wednesday, April 1, and run through Tuesday, April 7. This important week is meant to be an educational event that raises public awareness about asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, and the dangers of being exposed to asbestos.
Sponsored by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), Asbestos Awareness Week has full support from the U.S. Senate. Since 2004 when it was founded, the ADAO has worked with members of the Senate to pass asbestos-awareness resolutions.
Asbestos Awareness Week — What Can You Do?
Raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos may seem like a big project, but the ADAO encourages individuals to do a few small things that can make a huge difference. They encourage us all to share facts about asbestos with our family, friends, co-workers, and across social media. The ADAO will be posting facts and resources online throughout the week, but they have chosen 3 main messages that they encourage you to share with others:
- Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of exposure.
- Only 55 countries have banned asbestos.
- More than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases.
If you have a personal story about how asbestos has affected your life, the ADAO encourages you to share it on social media, in community meetings, or with friends and colleagues.
11th Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference
Although the Asbestos Awareness Conference will not be held during Asbestos Awareness Week this year, it’s still a key event to mark on your calendar. The conference will be April 17-19, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The ADAO notes that more than 30 renowned experts and asbestos victims from 10 countries will host presentations on the following topics:
- Disease prevention
- Global advocacy
- Treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases
For a full conference schedule, or to register for the event, please visit the ADAO’s website.