The danger of asbestos exposure has been known for decades. Despite the tragic numbers of those who are sick and dying due to asbestos-related diseases, there is still no global ban on asbestos. The World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people around the world die each year from workplace-related exposure, and that 125 million workers continue to be exposed.
From April 1-7, people across the globe are uniting to raise awareness about the continuing danger of asbestos exposure in our homes, workplaces, and schools. Here are 3 ways you can participate in Global Asbestos Awareness Week:
Spread the Word via E-mail, Facebook, or Twitter
No treatments can reverse the effects of asbestos on the lungs. Send a message to loved ones, friends, and coworkers now to make sure they are aware of the danger of asbestos exposure. Share this link for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asbestos site. Topics include what asbestos is and where it can be found, how exposure can happen and related health effects, how to protect your family, federal regulations for schools and buildings, and resources for asbestos removal and disposal.
Make a Donation
You can support groups offering asbestos education and advocacy; provide funding for research focused on treatments to help slow the progress of asbestos-related cancers of the lung; and help provide for those suffering with cancer as a direct cause of asbestos exposure many of whom are U.S. veterans.
If you need help finding an organization, visit Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Enter lung cancer, mesothelioma, or any other terms in the search box to find an organization that best matches your areas of interest.
Share Your Story and Read about Others
Are you or a loved one suffering from an asbestos-related disease? Whether you share your experience publicly or privately, you can help others who are struggling. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) invites those affected by asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis to Share Your Story with their global community.