Asbestos: The Human Cost of Inaction – ADAO Raises Awareness at Yale

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is honored to present at the 2016 Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) at Yale University for the third year in a row.
Every year, the Global Health & Innovation Conference brings together thousands of speakers, students, and participants from all over the world and across a multitude of disciplines, all of whom share a common goal of improving global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. It’s the world’s largest global health conference, featuring leaders, entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, artists, educators, and more.
This year, I will be speaking on behalf of ADAO during the Environmental Considerations for Human Health portion of the program. This session includes talks from a number of speakers about a variety of topics, including toxic health threats such as mercury, pollution, lead and roundup. My talk, “Asbestos: The Human Cost of Inaction,” brings to light the devastating ramifications of a history of negligence in response to the threat of asbestos, a lethal and legal substance that too many people are unaware of.

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Did You Know?

  • In 1906, the first case of asbestos-caused disease was diagnosed.
  • 107,000 people around the world die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, according to the World Health Organization.
  • In 1991, the EPA’s 1989 ban on asbestos was overruled.
  • From 2000 to 2015, U.S. consumption of asbestos was 55,881 metric tons.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), OSHA, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) all agree: there is no safe level of asbestos.

When old buildings are in any way demolished, they can cause an environmental disaster. For example, 9/11 rescue workers and volunteers have a 20% increase in cancer incidence compared to the general population. In a NIOSH study, firefighters were found to have twice the rate of mesothelioma than the rest of the U.S. population.