Posted on January 30, 2019
February is coming quick, and in honor of National Cancer Prevention Month, ADAO is proud to reaffirm our commitment to helping prevent asbestos-caused cancer. Thanks to the work of researchers and healthcare professionals across the nation, this year, we have more reason to be hopeful.
According to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer (May 22, 2018) the annual mortality rate for the disease dropped by 1.8 percent for men and 1.5 percent for women between 1999 and 2015. Of the various forms of cancer, lung cancer saw the greatest decline in mortality, and researchers point to an overall decrease in tobacco use as the most significant contributor to this decline.
This report underscores the importance of preventative action in the fight against cancer, as prevention remains the only cure for asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-caused diseases. Unfortunately, despite a century’s worth of scientific data condemning it as carcinogenic, asbestos remains legal and lethal in the U.S. and continues to contribute to an annual mortality rate of almost 40,000 preventable American deaths.
ADAO has worked tirelessly to push for a no-exemptions ban on asbestos use and imports, and, in 2018, we came the closest we’ve ever come to victory. The bicameral Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2018 received high-profile support in Congress, and we are poised to push through an even stronger version of the bill in 2019. With your support, we look forward to accomplishing our goals.
National Cancer Prevention month is a great opportunity to join the online conversation about cancer prevention by using the hashtags #WeCanICan and #WorldCancerDay. I am honored to join the Congressional National Cancer Prevention Caucus and present at Less Cancer’s National Cancer Prevention Day, which will bring together the nation’s brightest scientific and political minds in the movement to defeat cancer. If you’d like to participate more directly, you should consider attending the National Cancer Prevention Workshop on February 6th. Stay tuned for educational updates throughout this critical month of advocacy!
Together, we can end asbestos-caused cancers.