Street Art Competition Used to Raise Asbestos Awareness in The Philippines

Last Saturday in Manilla, Philippines, 10 teams of graffiti artists competed in a street art contest to raise asbestos awareness. The battle was called the “Asbestos Street Fighters Street Art Competition,” and was staged in commemoration of  “Workers’ Memorial Day.”

“We recognize the power and dynamism of this art form, which brings fresh and powerful messages, much appreciated by the young and old alike.” Noel Colina, Executive Director of the Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD) told abs-cbnNEWS.com.

“We intend to maximize the dynamism of street art to package the message that death via asbestos remains a threat lingering among the human population,” he added.

The competition will visit nine other cities in the Philippines between now and early June, before the final round on July 9. The winner will represent the country at the “Asian Wall Lords 2011 competition in Taiwan.”

The Philippines is one of many countries that have yet to ban asbestos. The white form of the cancer-causing mineral is still widely used, especially in roofing tiles.

The biggest risk factor for developing the deadly cancer mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. The risk is directly related to how much exposure a person had and the length of time the person was exposed to asbestos.

Mesothelioma is a rare, deadly form of cancer, usually occurring in the chest cavity. This is called pleural mesothelioma. The other type of mesothelioma is peritoneal, which occurs in the abdomen. Asbestos exposure can also cause esophageal cancer, or cancer of the throat.

If you believe you may have been exposed to asbestos, or have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may want to consider calling an asbestos attorney to discuss your legal options. A qualified asbestos attorney can help you get the compensation that you and your family need and deserve. Asbestos attorneys have helped thousands of mesothelioma patients win compensation for lost wages and medical costs.