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By: Kristen Ridener
A Senior Medical Advisor with the NIH along with a widow-turned-mesothelioma-advocate top the list of speaker's on the 9th annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) conference in Washington, DC this spring.

Dr. Aubrey Miller is Senior Medical Advisor and NIH Environmental Health Sciences Liaison on the Department of Health and Human Services and Karen Banton is the widow of Bernie Banton, an outspoken advocate for mesothelioma patients. Karen Banton is now CEO in the Bernie Banton Foundation. The two are part of a symposium lineup that features mesothelioma medical examiners, political figures, family members and advocacy groups.

The symposium, that will be held March 22 to 24, began as an easy method to teach and produce awareness towards the long-term worldwide dilemma of mesothelioma and asbestos ailments. Notwithstanding asbestos bans in lots of nations (though not in the U.S.), worldwide rates of mesothelioma continue to increase. Because of the disease's long latency cycle, any new bans instituted today may not have an obvious influence on mesothelioma rates for decades. Now, asbestos is highly regulated inside the U.S. but the ADAO and other advocacy communities are pushing for a total ban.

"Until Congress bans asbestos and researchers discover a cure for asbestos-related diseases, ADAO will continue our education, advocacy and community building initiatives in an effort to avoid asbestos exposure," said Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder of ADAO. Reinstein's spouse died of mesothelioma directly associated with his contact with asbestos.

Along with information on the latest medical advancements, the conference will recognize individuals and organizations that have helped to raise recognition for the issues of mesothelioma and asbestos. Inside the U.S., approximately 2,500 patients die of mesothelioma every year, nearly all of them industrial or construction workers or veterans who were ignorant with the hazard of asbestos exposure. Once inhaled or ingested, asbestos stays in our bodies, triggering physiological changes on the cellular level that might in the end develop into mesothelioma. There isn't any cure for mesothelioma though aggressive study efforts are underway.

More details about the ADAO and its upcoming conference is available on the ADAO website at www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org .

Disclaimer: The information in this short article is for educational and informational reasons only. The content isn't intended for being an alternative choice to specialized medical advice, prognosis, or therapy. At all times seek the recommendation of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it as a result of something you have read during this editorial. This article was written by a third party and its subject matter reflects the views of this third party and does not necessarily indicate the views or opinions or of Surviving Mesothelioma or Cancer Monthly.

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