Posted on December 31, 2020
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is honored to be presenting for the fourth consecutive year at Less Cancer’s National Cancer Prevention Day workshop on Thursday, February 4th, 2021. Hundreds of advocates, including lawmakers, health care providers, researchers, passionate students in the fields of nursing, medicine, and public health, and other Less Cancer supporters will gather for a day of prevention and policy.
I’m excited to join change makers and leaders in the Environmental and Contaminants Panel moderated by Miles O’Brien with Tracie Baker, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Department of Pharmacology; Adjunct Professor, Environmental and Civil Engineering; Adjunct Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Wayne State University, Liz Hitchcock, Director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, Executive Director of Children’s Environmental Health Network.
Typically, the event is held in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Less Cancer’s workshop will be live streamed to tens of thousands around the world. The event first began in 2013, after a U.S. House of Representatives resolution was introduced by Representative Steve Israel, then Co-Chair of the House Cancer Caucus. The day is now observed annually to highlight Congressional and other efforts to end cancer through prevention and awareness. As we at ADAO know all too well, while promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure for asbestos-caused cancers.
Less Cancer’s National Cancer Prevention Day falls right at the beginning of National Cancer Prevention Month. In 2019, the American Cancer Society estimated 1,762,450 new diagnoses of cancer in the United States, with 606,880 people losing their lives from cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that almost one-third of the most common cancers in the U.S. could be prevented if Americans moved more, weighed less and ate more healthfully. That’s approximately 587,000 cases every year that never have to happen. Add in not smoking and avoiding sun damage and that figure climbs even higher—nearly half of U.S. cancers could be prevented by changing our everyday habits.
Bill Couzens, Founder and President, Less Cancer, and I look forward to sharing the news and updates I gather at this workshop soon. Together we can work towards a goal of less cancer and finally to end all cancers.
Together we make change happen.