Respiratory Care Week: Remember Those Exposed to Asbestos

This year National Respiratory Care Week takes place Oct. 20-26, according to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). The AARC is a nonprofit organization of health care professionals dedicated to ensuring that those with respiratory diseases receive safe and effective care.

National Respiratory Care Week promotes the importance of healthy lungs – but it also seeks to build awareness about diseases and conditions that can have an adverse impact on them. Lung disease can be debilitating and even fatal, so it’s important that we work to protect our lungs whenever possible.

There are many things you can do to keep your lungs strong. One of the most important?

Avoid exposure to contaminants that damage lungs. We now know that secondhand smoke, air pollution, radon gas, and certain substances can cause or exacerbate lung disease. One of those substances is asbestos.

Asbestos, a naturally occurring group of minerals, has been shown to be very dangerous to lung health. Once used widely in consumer and industrial products, asbestos is now linked to life-threatening diseases including mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer. It strikes the cells that line the lungs, abdominal organs and heart, and it is incurable. Most often this cancer is detected decades after a person was exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos exposure is preventable. That’s why it is important this week to remember those who have been exposed — and to join the fight to ban asbestos in the U.S.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Contact Sokolove Law for a free consultation regarding a mesothelioma lawsuit.