Dear Asbestos, Go Away: A How-to List for a Safer Tomorrow

September 5, 2014

In an ideal world, the United States would have already banned asbestos. 55 countries already have, after all. In an ideal world, too, asbestos would be out of our homes, out of our buildings, out of all of our products and never mined ever again, anywhere. Of course we don’t live in that world. But a healthier world with a more responsible handling of asbestos and less people dying from mesothelioma? That world can exist, we just need to fight for it to happen. Here’s how. Please read + share.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen that causes the deadly cancer mesothelioma.
There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. Which means, for Americans to truly be safe from harm by asbestos, we need:

  1. A 100% Ban on Asbestos Importation. No matter how small the percentage of asbestos in a product… we do not want it in America!
  2. Proper Removal. People need to know where asbestos is and how to properly remove asbestos via professionals trained in safe asbestos removal.
  3. Need to Know. People who were more at risk of exposure to asbestos need to know, so that they may be properly diagnosed should symptoms of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma occur. Too many patients with mesothelioma are improperly diagnosed because there is a huge lack of awareness about mesothelioma and what the earliest symptoms are; what’s more, those who worked in environments that could have been exposed to asbestos often do not know of their increased risk for developing mesothelioma. We need to change that!
  4. Educate Doctors. Mesothelioma patients and people who worked in environments like construction (who are at increased risk for coming into contact with asbestos) need to help doctors make a swift diagnosis, both for themselves and for the next person who comes in complaining of fatigue and a dry cough… because, thanks to the asbestos epidemic, doctors and patients alike need to be aware of the risks and symptoms to get the best and timeliest treatments possible.
  5. Do The Right Thing. Outside of the United States, asbestos use is growing, particularly in developing countries. But here is the thing: our world is becoming smaller and smaller — so asbestos use anywhere is a harm for us all. One day, we expect all countries to do the right thing and stop importing, using and mining asbestos completely.

Of course in order to get where we want to be, to properly ban asbestos in the United States of America and to facilitate the removal of asbestos, so many steps have to be taken. But this is a good place to start, one where we can all take action through spreading awareness. We encourage you to share this blog post with your friends and family. The more people who know, the better!