Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sept. 26th is 10th Annul Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Did you know that Mesothelioma is a preventable cancer? We need to rid homes, schools and commercial buildings of asbestos to save lives. It's scary to realize that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that there are asbestos containing materials in approximately 107,000 primary and secondary schools and 733,000 public and commercial businesses. I'm talking about the health of our kids. Our kids futures.

So what is asbestos? It's a naturally occurring mineral. But in this case, natural doesn't mean safe. Oil is natural to the earth as well but, you wouldn't give your child a glass of oil for breakfast. So why are 30 million pounds of asbestos still being used today? 

On July 12, 1989, the EPA filed a rule banning most asbestos-containing products. In 1991, the regulation was overturned. What's wrong with that picture? This year 10,000 Americans will die of asbestos-related disease and 200,000 will still be living with asbestos.

Mesothelioma lays dormant in the body for 20-50 years. It is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body, most cases within the lungs. Up to 3 thousand new cases are reported each year. One day it could be your adult child that is diagnosed with Mesothelioma and given only 10 months to live. 

You can get involved in with EPA regulations of asbestos at Also, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) offers several opportunities for us to help the fight against this disease. So visit the MARF and give what you can in the form you feel most comfortable with.

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