(This post was supposed to be up yesterday; however, my youngest son made our afternoon a little interesting/difficult and most of my plans went out the door. So this is a day late.)
This week (April 1 – 7) is Asbestos Awareness Week. I had never heard of this until recently, when I was contacted about the week and the information about asbestos. I can honestly say I was pretty shocked at how prevalent the use of asbestos is STILL here in the U.S.
I thought of asbestos as an old material used decades ago, until it was discovered it was toxic and caused numerous health issues. Well, it WAS discovered as toxic and it DOES cause health issues…but it is still being used.
One of the scariest health issues it causes is mesothelioma. Having known several people in my life dealing with cancer, I wanted to share with you all some facts about asbestos and mesothelioma. This is all in hopes of spreading more information about how toxic asbestos is and how common it is in our country.
Today’s 3 facts are these:
1. Asbestos is still used in the United States each year….to the tune of 30 million pounds!!! (per the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance)
2. 700,000 schools and buildings in the US still contain asbestos insulation. (Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance)
3. Asbestos is the #1 cause of occupational cancer! (ADAO)
This information is disgusting. Asbestos is toxic – we have all hear this. Yet it is still being used, and it still exists in buildings and places where our children frequent!
Tomorrow I will share more information I have read recently. I encourage you all to educate yourself as well. Go to the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance site to get more information about asbestos, mesothelioma, and how you can protect yourself and your family. If we can avoid this toxic substance and its devastating effects on our health, let’s do it!