Definition of cause: a principle, aim, or movement that, because of a deep commitment, one is prepared to defend or advocate.
I was reminded today that this week is Asbestos Awareness Week (April 1-7). I was also asked if I would like to help spread awareness. In honor of this, I wanted to do a post for the cause. In reading up, I learned some very interesting and alarming facts about Asbestos.
Here are some facts about Asbestos from the website, Dying to be Heard Asbestos Awareness Week 2014.
- Even more than 30 years after the peak of its use, asbestos exposure is still the number one cause of occupational cancer in the US.
- Asbestos is still not banned in the US. Roughly 30 million pounds are still used each year.
- Asbestos fibers are invisible to the naked eye.
- Asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
Asbestos: a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings. Asbestos has been mined and used widely in the construction, automotive, and other industries. If products containing asbestos are disturbed, the tiny fibers are released into the air. When they are breathed in, they can become trapped in the lungs and stay there for many years. Over time these fibers can accumulate and lead to serious health problems such as Mesothelioma Cancer.
There is a webpage dedicated to raising awareness. For more information go to the website: Dying to be Heard Asbestos Awareness Week 2014.