“During National Asbestos Awareness Week, April 1-7, I urge Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure.” Statement by the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin on National Asbestos Awareness Week 2013
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) speaks at numerous international conferences and events. Additionally, ADAO hosts an annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference where world-renowned experts and asbestos victims present the latest advancements in disease prevention, global advocacy, and treatment for asbestos-caused diseases. Additionally, ADAO actively blogs about news and common questions such as “Do I have asbestos in my home?” to “What’s mesothelioma?” and “How can I help?” Our Science Advisory Board assures that the information we give is cutting-edge and accurate.
How can you help to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos?
1. PREVENT: Identify. Don’t Touch. Test. Repair/Remove. Spread the word about the four steps to prevent asbestos exposure and save lives. You may have asbestos in your home.
2. EDUCATE: Attend our 2013 Conference. “The Asbestos Crisis: New Trends in Prevention and Treatment”, March 22-24, 2013, Washington, D.C., provides cutting-edge information from international experts about asbestos exposure and disease.
3. SHARE: Explore and share the educational materials below. Most people don’t know that asbestos is still legal and lethal in the U.S. and don’t know how to protect themselves from exposure. Share this information on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and your other social networks.
It has been said that knowledge is power. ADAO continues to build an extensive library of resources and videos focused on treatment, prevention, and general awareness about asbestos. It is only through awareness that we can one day realize a future without asbestos disease.
Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Resources
- ADAO PowerPoint: “Asbestos Consumption in the USA”
- US Surgeon General Statement (2013)
- US Surgeon General Statement (2009)
- The United States Geological Survey’s Reports
- ADAO Product Testing Report (2007)
- ADAO Asbestos: See For Yourself campaign
- ADAO Top 5 Asbestos Facts
- Graphics: “Identifying Asbestos in Your Home” and “How Small is Asbestos”
- ADAO Washington, DC wrap-up blog with photos, videos, PowerPoint presentation and more.
Top Five Asbestos Facts
1) Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure
2) Only 55 countries have banned asbestos. The United States and Canada are the only two industrial western nations not to ban asbestos
3) Top 5 asbestos producers reported by USGS: Russia (1,000,000), China (400,000), Brazil (270,000), Kazakhstan (214,000) and Canada (100,000) *metric tons
4) Top 5 asbestos users reported by USGS: China (613,760), India (426,363), Russia (263
5) More than 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases,037), Brazil (139,153) and Indonesia (111,848) *metric tons
See the amount of asbestos the United States has imported since 2007.
United States Surgeon General: Asbestos Awareness Statement (April 2009)
Materials, Reports and Fact Sheets: Valuable Information Detailing Historical and Current Asbestos Facts and Relevant Data
Collegium Ramazzini Statement: Asbestos Is Still With Us: Repeat Call for a Universal Ban
The Center for Public Integrity: Dangers in the Dust: Inside the Global Asbestos Trade (2010)
Environmental Health Perspectives: “A Worn-Out Welcome: Renewed Call for a Global Ban on Asbestos” (2010)
International Resources: Videos and Educational Materials in Spanish, French and Portuguese
Ban Asbestos: Action Center For The Latest Updates & News On The Ban Asbestos Legislation
Exposed to Asbestos: What To Consider Whether You Know or Not You Have Been Exposed – We Are All At Risk
Medical: Medical Treatment Information for the Physician, Caregiver, & Patient
Prevention: How to Protect Your Home, Family, & Workplace
Patient and Care Giver Resources: Education, Support, and Hope