March 19, 2012 – Many United States lawmakers recognize that asbestos exposure is a national problem. Asbestos has been clearly shown to cause many types of cancer, most prominently malignant mesothelioma. According to the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), studies estimate 107,000 workers exposed to asbestos around the world will die every year from asbestos-related cancers. Asbestos affects everyone from construction workers to housewives.
Despite Dangers of Asbestos Exposure Tainted Materials Still Used
Despite warnings, asbestos materials are still used around the world, primarily in pipes and some building materials. Each year, approximately 3,000 people living in the United States are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, for which there is no known cure. People are at risk of developing this deadly lung cancer by simply inhaling or ingesting airborne asbestos particles, and yet the United States is among the few developed countries that has not banned asbestos.
U.S. Senator from Montana Advocates For Asbestos Awareness
United States Senator Max Baucus of Montana is a key voice who advocates for national asbestos awareness. Senator Baucus is dedicated to bringing about asbestos awareness because the issue of mesothelioma disease has been prominent in his home state for many years. He has provided support for residents of Libby, Montana where the small town has been virtually wiped out by asbestos exposure. After a vermiculite mine was discovered near Libby, Montana in 1880, many companies began to mine the material that was laced with asbestos. Since then, asbestos diseases including mesothelioma have killed 2,600 residents in Libby, many who never worked in the mines, but innocently lived in close proximity to the mines.
Senator Baucus, along with other senators, has succeeded in introducing a resolution and getting it passed which declares the first week of April as the eighth annual “National Asbestos Awareness Week”. Efforts by lawmakers to increase awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and the diseases that it causes, such as malignant mesothelioma cancer, continue to facilitate ongoing research and developments toward the eradication of asbestos exposure.
Philadelphia Asbestos Attorneys at Shein Law Assist Mesothelioma Victims
The Philadelphia asbestos attorneys of Shein Law have many years of experience helping mesothelioma patients recover compensation for their deadly exposure to asbestos. It is the firm’s priority to stay on top of any new asbestos-related developments. If you or a loved one has been harmed by asbestos exposure, call our mesothelioma attorneys at 1-877-SheinLaw (1-877-743-4652) or contact us online.