On April 1st, 2005 the first National Asbestos Awareness Day was observed to pay tribute to all Americans and people around the world who suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases brought on by asbestos exposure.
It has been 6 years since the first Asbestos Awareness Day was observed, and the cause is still going strong. National Asbestos Awareness Day owes its existence to the non-profit group Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO); which has been serving the cause of asbestos education and awareness since its foundation in 2004. The ADAO proposed that one day a year be solely dedicated to the asbestos cause in America, and with the help of US Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Bill Frist (R-TN), and Harry Reid (D-NV) the resolution passed.
In addition to National Asbestos Awareness Day, the ADAO organizes an annual three day summit to “spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos, recognize accomplishments and honor loved ones.” The ADAO is hosting the 6th annual National Asbestos Awareness Conference event this year at the Marriot Renaissance Hotel in Chicago, Illinois from April 9th through April 11th. Asbestos and asbestos related diseases experts from around the country will gather to discuss topics of prevention, detection, and treatment of malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other asbestos cancers.
Presenters at this year’s conference will attempt to focus on exposure dos and don’ts, early warning signs, occupational vs. non occupational asbestos exposure, and public health and safety. The National Asbestos Awareness Conference is funded by not only the ADAO, but also the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat.
The ADAO was founded by asbestos victims and their loved ones in order to provide a united voice for all asbestos victims and families, to ensure that rights are protected and represented fairly, while raising public awareness of the serious health hazards and diseases that come from asbestos exposure.