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Global Asbestos Awareness Week begins with Atlanta conference

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by Journal Of Commerce

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) announced Friday the beginning of Global Asbestos Awareness Week to inform construction professionals about the hazards of asbestos. Asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis from occupational exposures are said to have caused more than 100,000 deaths in 2004.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) announced Friday the beginning of Global Asbestos Awareness Week.

ADAO is holding an event in Atlanta, the seventh annual Asbestos Awareness Conference, which includes international experts on the topic. Quoting figures from the World Health Organization, ADAO cited asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis from occupational exposures as cause factors in 107,000 deaths in 2004. That figure only includes occupation-related exposure to asbestos.

To start the week, ADAO published profiles of famous people who died from mesothelioma, including singer Warren Zevon, actor Steve McQueen and football player Merlin Olsen. The Asbestos Awareness Conference is scheduled today through Sunday at the Marriot Buckhead Hotel and Conference Centre. Scheduled speakers include medical doctors, mesothelioma patients, nurses and advocates.

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