Resolution to declare Mesothelioma Awareness Day proposed in House, Senate

September 25th, 2009

Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Representative Betty McCollum on Minnesota have introduced a resolution in the United States Senate and House of Representatives to designate September 26 as National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Both women have been longtime advocates of enacting a complete ban on asbestos in the U.S.

In announcing the resolution, Sen. Murray and Rep. McCollum stated that they hoped to bring increased national attention to the problem of asbestos exposure and the deadly health consequences that can result from it. Despite the thousands who die from mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases every year, Rep. McCollum stated that many Americans are still aware that asbestos exposure remains a serious threat to the health of many workers.

The joint resolution introduced by both women cited the need for better mesothelioma treatments to help those who are diagnosed with the disease, the Naval veterans and first responders who served at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 who were exposed to asbestos and the millions of additional workers who continue to be exposed to asbestos as reasons for declaring a National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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