Mesothelioma – Largest Man Does Epidemic in Lorraine KemberIt is documented that Australia was the highest per capita use of asbestos in the world from the 1950s until the 1970s. As a result tragically, Australia has now the highest per capita rate of mesothelioma in the world. With more than 500 Australians contracting a mesothelioma a year, it is estimated that up to 18,000 Australians will die from this asbestos-related cancer by the year 2020. Despite the awareness of the dangers of asbestos, there are many people who have not heard of mesothelioma. This asbestos-related cancer is defined as: a malignant tumor spread from the pleural mesothelium, the pericardium or peritoneum, resulting in inhalation of asbestos fibers. One of the most confusing and frightening facts known about mesothelioma is that many years can pass between inhalation of asbestos dust and its deadly inheritance of the disease, it is not uncommon for four decades or more to go before the symptoms due to asbestos dust inhalation appeared. In November 2004, I was invited as a speaker at Asbestos Global Congress 2004 held in Tokyo, Japan. More than 800 participants from 40 countries around the world were present. To be part of such a large gathering of human brothers, united in a quest to rid the poison of asbestos in our circles was a very moving experience. Having lost my husband to mesothelioma, I know first-hand the suffering it imposes cruel diseases on his innocent victims. There were many speakers and everyone said a tale, pain, death and sorrow. We listened, we understood and hurt us for the past, present and future of killer asbestos victims and its legacy of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. We listened and we were shocked and indignant to learn that despite the awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the rising incidence of asbestos-related disease, there are still some countries that are asbestos mining with little or no regard for their workers or people who will come into contact with asbestos products. Worldwide Asbestos Disease Association members work tirelessly and fight against almost insurmountable obstacles to ban asbestos in all countries of the world. It is a sobering and scary fact, that even though we have succeeded in this quest, the legacy of asbestos-related diseases will continue for five decades.Add your voice to everyone who wants this killer product erased from World environments – Add your voice to the call that advocates for adequate compensation for the victims and their families. Sign the petition online at Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org. The Asbestos Awareness Awareness Organization (ADAO) continues to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and Asbestos-related diseases that are incurable and often fatal. ADAO is developing rapidly, uniting veterans, firefighters, shipyards, teachers and thousands of other innocent people around the world. Awareness of asbestos leads to education, prevention, new treatments and ultimately a cure.
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