As a homeowner, you may be getting ready to start your spring cleaning for the year. This may include general home maintenance, like washing windows, cleaning out your garage, or getting your carpets professionally cleaned. For some people, however, spring cleaning may include more thorough projects like home renovations or repairs.
If your home was built prior to the 1990s, it’s important to know where you might come into contact with asbestos as you spring clean. Here are a couple of examples to keep in mind:
- Cleaning out the attic
Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation, and that insulation can often be found in attics. Asbestos insulation was often used in attic floors and walls and was usually sold under the brand name Zonolite. In older attics today, you may still come across asbestos insulation, and disturbing it by shifting boxes or attempting to remove it yourself can put you at risk for mesothelioma.
- Outdoor home renovations
Asbestos siding was once very popular because of its fire-resistant capability. If your home has older siding and you’re going to be tearing it down this spring, be aware that it might contain asbestos and therefore require removal from a certified asbestos professional.
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As noted on their website, Public Health is committed to bringing today’s most pressing local, national and global health issues to the forefront of public discourse.
Simmons Hanly Conroy and Public Health agree that one of those most pressing health issues is cancer, specifically preventable cancer. Because treating cancer can be an immense physical, emotional and financial challenge, the best approach we can take in dealing with cancer is to prevent it altogether. In fact, the World Health Organization states that at least one-third of cancers are preventable.
As demonstrated in Public Health’s guide and short animated video, “Cancer in America,” the global cancer rate is expected to hit 25 million a year over the next 20 years – that’s a 70 percent increase. Most surprising, is that of those 25 million cases, 23.8 million could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes.
While not mentioned in the guide and short video, asbestos-related diseases are part of the fully preventable cancer group. According to the World Health Organization, over 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, which are fully preventable.
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During the week of April 1 – 7, 2015, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) presents Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This week is intended to raise asbestos awareness and help prevent asbestos-related diseases, which kill 107,000 people every year.
Asbestos has been confirmed as a serious health concern and a known carcinogen, but its use is still legal in all but 55 countries. Asbestos use only be stopped through education and awareness to prevent exposure, in addition to funding to find a cure for asbestos-related diseases.
Join us for Global Asbestos Awareness Week to learn how asbestos impacts health, the environment and the economy. The week opens on April 1 with Alan Reinstein’s Story, “I’ll Do Anything to Fight Mesothelioma to Have More Time With My Family, Anything.” Throughout the week, contributing collaborators – both organizations and individual leading experts – will share their stories in an effort to help spread education about asbestos exposure prevention. The week of learning concludes on April 7 with an online candlelit vigil.
What You Can Do
The easiest way to help spread asbestos awareness is to share your learnings from the week with friends, family and colleagues. But if you’d like to get more involved, here are a few ways you can help:
- Download and share one of ADAO’s one-page flyers
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The asbestos attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy are committed to giving you the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news. Below is a group of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other headlines from throughout the globe.
- Study finds 21 new cases of mesothelioma in group of MN miners
A group of 69,000 mine workers were exposed to asbestos while employed in Minnesota’s iron mining industry between the 1930s and 1982. Among that group, 21 more men have been diagnosed with mesothelioma – in addition to the 80 cases previously identified, that brings the total of mesothelioma cases to 101.
- VIDEO: ADAO – “Asbestos Kills”
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) recently released a video promoting Global Asbestos Awareness Week, which runs from April 1 – 7. Watch and share the video to help spread asbestos awareness.
- The Asbestos Transparency Farce
Corporate institutions aim to push legislation through Congress that is all about invading the privacy rights of its victims – primarily the individuals who have been physically harmed by asbestos exposure at the hands of such corporations.
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People from all kinds of backgrounds have been impacted by mesothelioma and asbestos. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) strives to honor such people at its annual Asbestos Awareness Conference. This year, ADAO will honor the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to the asbestos and mesothelioma cause.
- Ellen Patton
Award: Alan Reinstein Award
As a client of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Ellen has experienced firsthand the devastation of a mesothelioma diagnosis. She is a steadfast asbestos awareness advocate – she delivered a speech titled “A Patient’s Mesothelioma Journey” at a Senate briefing in 2013 in Washington D.C. She has also started a soap making business that donates 10 percent of its profits to ADAO.
“After outliving the 12 to 18 months prognosis I was given, I felt it was my duty to warn oth-ers of the dangers of asbestos,” Ellen said in a Simmons Hanly Conroy interview. “I needed to speak for those who had gone before me and could speak no more.”
- Dr. Jorma Rantanen
Award: Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award
When it comes to spreading asbestos awareness and advocating for the elimination of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, Dr. Rantanen has worked tirelessly. He will be honored by ADAO on April 18.
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