April 1, 2015
April 1-7, 2015 – Asbestos Awareness Week
We all know Asbestos is bad for us but what you may not realize is it is still widely found in buildings, used for many purposes each year and the USA and Canada are the only 2 Western nations where use of asbestos is not banned! (Crazy right?!)
Along with various health risks, it also causes a rare cancer, Mesothelioma. 75% of the people who have this disease are over the age of 65 and it is 4x more common in men than women. Asbestos is the #1 cause of occupational cancer and more than 107,000 people die EACH YEAR from asbestos-related illness.
Protect yourself from asbestos. If your home or building has asbestos, hire a professional to remove it safely. Don’t smoke, smokers have up to a 9000% great risk of being diagnosed with asbestos cancer.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, get regular checkups and if you do contact an illness it’s best to catch it in the early stages. Be on the lookout, always, for any place in your home or workplaces that may contain asbestos so you can protect yourself, friends, co-workers and loved ones.
No amount of asbestos is safe. Please share this knowledge with others and help get asbestos out of our environment and living/work spaces.