On May 11, 2007 my husband Bob was diagnosed with an asbestos-based cancer called mesothelioma, which he contacted 40 years ago while serving as a naval cadet on Canadian asbestos-ridden ships. He died December 8, 2009. This tragedy has prodded me to take action. We must save others from this harm and suffering.
With the help of many, much has been achieved: Quebec finally closed down their asbestos mining industry and the federal government can no longer promote the sale of asbestos to unsuspecting victims in the developing world (see chart below).
All major industrialized nations have stopped mining, exporting and using asbestos, Asbestos causes mesothelioma and asbestosis. Both diseases develop slowly over decades after initial exposure but are 100% fatal.
Here is what still has to be done:
I would be grateful if you would became aware and active regarding the deadly carcinogenic asbestos dangers in our lives, this has to stop. The death toll Canadian mined asbestos has caused and is causing in Canada, Europe and the developing world is staggering. Our government is unwilling to acknowledge this and is blind to the fact that asbestos has became our number one occupational killer.
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