National Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2011

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2011 marks opportunity to take note of present-day asbestos dangers

Monday (Sept. 26) is National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, an occasion created to give voice to American victims of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure.

Congress approved a resolution in 2009 establishing National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2011 comes at a time when the public now is beginning to truly recognize the dangers ofmesothelioma and the asbestos products that cause it.

Although mesothelioma awareness is not yet widespread, the public for years has known of the dangers of asbestos. Asbestos is an insulating material used because of its extreme cost-efficiency. However, exposure to it is the leading cause of mesothelioma.

Over many decades, millions of American workers were exposed to asbestos. The result is that, today, around 3,000 people annually are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

A common misperception, however, is that asbestos products have been erased from the market and that the risk of mesothelioma has been eliminated. Not true.

Granted, in the 1970s, federal regulations clamped down on the allowable uses of asbestos, but millions of buildings and utility systems nationwide still contain the substance.

Moreover, asbestos is still being mined, produced, and marketed elsewhere on the planet, giving rise to new generations of asbestos exposure victims in China, India and other countries with emerging economies that have a demand for cheap insulation products.

And, despite the enormous health risks, millions of dollars worth of asbestos continue to be exported from North America to these nations, putting workers at danger. Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure may become a health crisis in these countries in the coming decades.

National Mesothelioma Awareness Day is an opportunity to make this nation aware of the current state of asbestos production in the global economy. Weitz & Luxenberg has, for the past three decades, been one of the nation’s leading champions of Americans exposed to asbestos and then afflicted with mesothelioma. We have won many millions of dollars for workers who were exposed to asbestos.

This Monday, we want to take a moment to help raise awareness for the future victims of asbestos exposure. Please, on Monday, help get the word out about mesothelioma and the clear and present dangers of asbestos.

If you or someone you know has a question about mesothelioma or asbestos exposure, feel free to contact our representatives. And if you or a loved one has mesothelioma, that is all the more reason to let your voice be heard.