Conference Urges Asbestos to Be Banned
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) wrapped up its 14th Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Conference earlier this month. Members of the community affected by asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, banded together to share their stories and efforts made towards officially banning asbestos.
During ADAO’s conference, new findings and stories were shared by researchers and speakers. For those that couldn’t make it to the conference, ADAO invited them to watch via live streaming.
Asbestos-Related Deaths Are Rising
According to ADAO, there has been an increase in asbestos-related diseases. This evidence was revealed by Dr. Jukka Takala. Dr. Takala serves as the President of the International Commission on Occupational Health.
These morality numbers are appalling. Dr. Takala’s discoveries not only support that asbestos needs to be banned, but they suggest that asbestos-related diseases are extremely under reported.
In fact, Dr. Takala’s data insists that every year in the United States approximately 39,275 asbestos-related deaths occur. Unfortunately, this number is double the amount that is published by agencies of the U.S. Government.
Putting an End to Mesothelioma
At ADAO’s conference, Dr. Flores spoke about the connection that asbestos has to both patients and manufacturing industries. He even floored the conference attendees by informing them that it still isn’t banned in the United States.
Dr. Flores shared briefly about his experience of working in an office that contained asbestos. He also revealed that even though treatment for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are improving, that legislation can save more lives.
Dr. Flores is considered to be one of the top mesothelioma specialists in the United States. Patients travel near and far for his expertise in treating asbestos-related diseases at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Tribute of Hope Award
ADAO awarded the “Tribute of Hope Award” to both U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici. Both Merkley and Bonamici are sponsors of bills that have one mission: ban asbestos.
Senator Merkley helped introduce the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act. Bonamici recently introduced a companion bill with the same name.
Asbestos is still legal in the United States. In the last decade, over 8 million pounds of this carcinogen went through U.S. ports.
Some products that still contain asbestos are:
- Vinyl floor tile
- Roof coatings
- Cement pipe
- Automatic transmission components
- Disk brake pads
Every day ADAO and mesothelioma warriors from across the U.S. and around the world continue to fight. With each battle, they become one step closer to ending preventable diseases and officially banning asbestos.