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Conference raises awareness of dangers of asbestos exposure

While the use of asbestos has declined since its dangers were recognized, it was once a prevalent building material in Ohio and nationwide, used by companies ranging from construction to automotive manufacturing. Sadly, it was only after the loss of many lives due to the cancer caused by asbestos exposure that the material was finally declared unsafe. Today, there is even an Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization whose purpose is to use education, advocacy and community to end asbestos exposure.

This organization has announced its 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference. The event will feature nearly 40 experts, among them scientists, doctors, and victims of asbestos exposure. It is the only annual conference whose sole purpose is to eliminate diseases cause by asbestos and prevent future exposure.

Asbestos has recently been included on the EPA's list of the top 10 high-risk chemicals. As said best in a quote by an asbestos awareness advocate and mesothelioma patient, "asbestos destroys innocent lives." The conference hopes to raise awareness of the issue and its impact on families.

Even today, people continue to develop symptoms linked to past asbestos exposure that may have occurred decades before. Treatment is expensive, and sadly, the symptoms of mesothelioma often come on so slowly that it may be late-stage before the condition is diagnosed. Those in Ohio who believe they are experiencing an asbestos-related illness, after seeing a doctor, the next step to consider may be contacting an attorney. A lawyer with experience in similar cases will be able to offer legal advice on seeking compensation.

Source:, "The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Announces Its 13th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference", Jan. 6, 2017

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