Posted on September 1, 2023

For ADAO, September is Mesothelioma Awareness Month — a month to raise awareness, remember our loved ones, and take action to prevent asbestos exposure to eliminate mesothelioma and all other asbestos-caused diseases. During the month, ADAO will be sharing asbestos & mesothelioma facts, resources, and community events.

Asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma, are nearly 100% preventable. The first step towards prevention is education. That is why we have compiled 30 irrefutable facts that we will share throughout the month. We invite you to post, tweet, share your stories, and share our content to raise awareness. Whether it is for one day, a week, or the entire month, help us spread the word. Raising awareness can help protect your community and those you love! 

Follow the online conversation by using #BanAsbestos and #EndMESO or follow @Linda_ADAO on Twitter.

Together we make change happen. Help us honor and remember those impacted by asbestos, especially during this year’s Mesothelioma Awareness Month.


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Mesothelioma Awareness Month: Thirty Irrefutable Asbestos and Mesothelioma Facts

DAY 1: September is Mesothelioma Awareness Month! Thirty Irrefutable Facts for Thirty Days.

DAY 2: Vinyl floor tiles, brake linings, ceiling tiles & spray-on coatings are a few of the materials that can contain asbestos.

DAY 3: Asbestos is a known human carcinogen.

DAY 4: There is no safe or controlled use of asbestos.

DAY 5: Each day, an estimated 100 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. 

Day 6: The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2022 would ban the importation, manufacture, processing, and distribution of all forms of asbestos within 12 months.

DAY 7: Asbestos is a known carcinogen that kills an estimated 40,000 Americans every year.

DAY 8: Tomorrow is the first day of ADAO’s Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference – taking place in Washington D.C. and streaming live online around the world.

DAY 9 Today is the first day of ADAO’s Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference and awards ceremony – taking place in Washington D.C. and streaming live online around the world.

DAY 10: All types of asbestos cause asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma andcancer of the larynx and ovary.

DAY 11: Asbestos can be found in homes, schools, workplaces, consumer shelves, and our environment.

DAY 12: Russia is the leading producer of asbestos worldwide, followed by Kazakhstan, China, Brazil, and Zimbabwe.

DAY 13: Approximately half of the deaths from occupational cancer are estimated to be caused by asbestos.

DAY 14: Celebrities Warren Zevon, Steve McQueen, Paul Gleason, and Merlin Olsen are a few of many who have died from asbestos-related disease.

DAY 15: All six types of asbestos (Chrysotile, Actinolite, Amosite, Anthophyllite, Crocidolite, and Tremolite) are human carcinogens.

DAY 16:  While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases.

DAY 17: According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are “Numerous materials substitute for asbestos.”

DAY 18: Currently, there are only three corporations, Olin, Westlake Chemical, and Occidental Chemical, that use asbestos diaphragms in 8 plants to produce industrial chlorine and caustic soda. 

DAY 19: According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the chlor-alkali industry is the only sector importing and using raw asbestos. 

DAY 20: OxyChem imported over 300 metric tons of raw asbestos in 2022 for their chlor-alkali plants.

DAY 21: Non-asbestos diaphragms and membrane cells have a longer lifespan, are more efficient, and produce a higher quality product. 

DAY 22: Nearly 80% of operating chlor-alkali plants in the U.S. have already transitioned to using non-asbestos technology. 

DAY 23: Two-thirds of the plants using asbestos diaphragms are located in or near communities of color that suffer disproportionately high cancer risks from toxic releases.

DAY 24: Today is the 15th Alton Miles for Meso Race — raising asbestos & mesothelioma awareness and funds for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Org.

DAY 25: Senator Dick Durbin will fly a flag over the Capitol for Mesothelioma Awareness Day (September 26) in honor of asbestos victims.

DAY 26: Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day! A day of unity, remembrance, and action.

DAY 27: According to the U.S. Surgeon General: “It is important that we remind Americans about the health dangers of asbestos exposure. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, I encourage you to speak to your health care professional.”

DAY 28: The World Health Organization (WHO) says, one in every three deaths from occupational cancer is estimated to be caused by asbestos.

DAY 29: The United States is the only Western industrialized nation in the world not to ban asbestos.

DAY 30: The EPA failed to ban asbestos. The time is now for Congress to act.