Glen Carbon, Illinois (PRWEB) September 07, 2011
Shrader & Associates, a leading national law firm dedicated to providing aid to individuals harmed by toxic substances, commends and promotes the efforts of politicians speaking out on asbestos and mesothelioma issues across the globe. In line with that interest, the firm seeks to highlight recent comments by Sen. Lisa Singh, from the Australian island state of Tasmania, that call on do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement television shows to publicize the risks posed by asbestos in older houses.
The senator’s remarks came on the heels of a new mesothelioma report released by Safe Work Australia, the organization charged with making improvements in the health and safety of working conditions in Australia. The report found that over 550 Australians died of the asbestos-caused disease in 2007, in addition to the diagnosis of 660 new cases of the disease in that same year.
Singh, former head of the Asbestos Free Tasmania Foundation, warned of mesothelioma’s long latency period in relation to the results of the report.
"Mesothelioma can take decades to develop and current diagnoses are commonly a result of asbestos exposure between the 1940s and the 1990s," Singh said in an interview with The Mercury, a Hobart, Australia newspaper. “Research suggests we won't see a peak in diagnosis until around 2020."
Singh noted the increasing popularity of home improvement television programs as a potential outlet for increasing awareness of asbestos danger.
"With DIY reality TV shows becoming more popular, it is imperative we educate people about the dangers of disturbing asbestos,” Singh told The Mercury. "It is not OK for people to go to their local hardware store, buy some tools and start tearing down walls without knowing first if asbestos is present."
The popularity of the DIY programming referenced by Singh is not a trend limited to Australia. A significant number of these types of shows are popular in the United States and across the globe. Promoting extreme caution where asbestos may be present could be a useful tool in the fight to prevent mesothelioma’s spread, said Shrader & Associates firm partner Justin Shrader.
“Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs and is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers,” said Shrader. “Though asbestos is largely banned in United States and most developed countries, many older facilities contain asbestos and removal is very costly, as is the case in Singh’s home country of Australia.”
For families already affected by mesothelioma, Shrader & Associates offers a complimentary legal consultation. Interested patients or family members should call (888) 637-6236, or visit us on the web at http://www.shraderlaw.com to learn about their legal rights.
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