National Asbestos Awareness Week 2011

Earlier this month, Congress passed a resolution declaring the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.”  The resolution states that National Asbestos Awareness Week seeks to “raise public awareness about the prevalence of asbestos-related diseases” and “urges the Surgeon General to warn and educate people about the public health issue of asbestos exposure.”

This is the seventh time Congress has recognized National Asbestos Awareness Week, and is the result of tireless work from advocacy groups like the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), who co-sponsored the bill and has fought for the rights and health of the victims of the asbestos tragedy in Libby, Montana.

National Asbestos Awareness Week 2011 | Ban Asbestos Now

Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and exposure can result in the development of devastating diseases such as asbestosis, malignant lung cancer and mesothelioma.  According to estimates from the World Health Organization, more than 107,000 people die each year from these asbestos-related diseases, and roughly 125 million people are exposed to asbestos in the workplace.  And now, for the seventh year, Congress has acknowledged the need to increase awareness and education about the dangers of this material.

So now what?

Any one (or all of) the below would be a great way to make a meaningful contribution to National Asbestos Awareness Week.  It’s easy!

  • Go to our homepage and use our form to write a letter to Congress urging them to ban asbestos. The form only takes about 1 minute to complete, and actually goes to your representatives. (Many times, they’ll even write back with an update!)
  • Share your story on our tribute wall and help others see how these are PEOPLE affected by asbestos exposure, not just numbers.  Some submissions will even be considered for inclusion in a public service announcement that might one day air nationally.
  • Make a donation to a non-profit such as the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) or the American Cancer Society.
  • “Like” Ban Asbestos Now on Facebook.

And, most importantly:

  • Help spread the word!  Tell others to find us on Facebook or visit to make a difference in the fight against this deadly material!

The Ban Asbestos Now team and its supporters are fighting year-round to ban asbestos and eliminate mesothelioma, but for the first week of April, our cause will be at the forefront.  Let’s band together and make our voices heard!  Together, we can make a difference and ban asbestos in the United States once and for all.