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Asbestos Awareness Month

Thu, Apr 03, 2008

The Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center has named April 'Asbestos Awareness Month' and have been campaigning across the web to educate those that are at risk.

As you probably know, many firefighters are exposed to asbestos during their careers. Almost every building constructed before 1980 contains some form of asbestos, which unfortunately is prone to becoming airborne during firefighting and rescue operations. This exposure can result in a number of life-threatening respiratory conditions, as well as mesothelioma, a deadly cancer associated only with asbestos exposure.

In order to help better educate firefighters on these risks, they've created a firefighter-specific section at http://www.asbestos.com/occupations/fire-fighters.php. This covers possible exposure points, symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, and safety measures that can be taken to avoid exposure.

Check out http://www.asbestos.com/ and see how you can join others in the fight.

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