Asbestos Awareness Week Shakedown

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Serving the state of Montana since 1978, U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has been a leader in the recovery process involving the historic tragedy of asbestos mining in Libby, Montana. The mining operations performed by W.R. Grace & Company caused one of the largest public health emergencies in the United States. He has pushed to clean up the mess and was instrumental in establishing the resolution for National Asbestos Awareness Week.

National Asbestos Awareness Week is the first week of April and serves as a reminder to educate  the public about the dangers of asbestos. It’s a time when we encourage our readers to take a moment and help spread information about the hazards of asbestos.

Each day this week we’ll post content that you can share with your friends and family. All it takes is a “Share,” “Comment,” or Facebook “Like.”

National Asbestos Awareness Week kicked off March 30 with the eighth annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference in Los Angeles, California. Several doctors and advocates spoke  about asbestos awareness, treatment for asbestos-related disease, and survivor stories.

Steve McQueen was honored with a keynote speech by his widow, Barbara McQueen.

If you know someone who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, we’re asking you to help raise awareness by posting a picture of them on our Facebook wall. Throughout the week we’ll be adding these pictures to our Awareness Album, “Fighting Asbestos, Face to Face.”

Don’t let the dangers of asbestos go unheard. Share your knowledge and experience so we can help National Asbestos Awareness Week connect with those who don’t understand the hazards of asbestos.

Mesothelioma Center Update

Over the past few months, we compiled several interviews with those affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. We dedicated a section of our website to share their stories of hope.

If you would like to share your story please do not hesitate to reach out to us at outreach@asbestos.com.

We will continue to post updates about Asbestos Awareness Week events on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Have you posted your picture of a friend or loved one on our wall?


Ben Leer is an outreach coordinator with The Mesothelioma Center. He works toward increasing education and awareness of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. Part of Ben’s job is to reach out and engage with patients, caregivers and family members on our online communities.

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