DALLAS –(March 19, 2012) –For the ninth consecutive year, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution, this year unanimously, that designates the first week of April as National Asbestos Awareness Week. This important week aims to raise public awareness of the health risks of asbestos exposure, the prevalence of asbestos cancers including mesothelioma and to bring attention to the fact that asbestos is not banned in the U.S. As a law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of mesothelioma patients across the nation, Baron and Budd is honored to support this resolution.

Since 2005, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving asbestos patients a unified voice, has been a driving force behind this resolution. Headed by mesothelioma widow Linda Reinstein, ADAO is the largest independent non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to asbestos patients. Taking a stand for patients, ADAO’s mission is to ultimately ban the use of asbestos and eradicate mesothelioma and other asbestos cancers completely.

"While there has been some progress made in the area of asbestos awareness, there is still more work that needs to be done and this resolution emphasizes that,” said Baron and Budd. "Though many people think that asbestos is a thing of the past, it is still being imported and used in the U.S. today. It’s time we stopped bringing this deadly carcinogen into our country and banned its use."

Asbestos, a known human carcinogen, is linked to a variety of diseases, including asbestosis, asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lung. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asbestos is responsible for more than 107,000 deaths each year. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. imported more than 1,000 metric tons of asbestos between 2010 and 2011.

Baron and Budd is a 2013 Platinum-level sponsor of ADAO, and is proud to support the organization’s efforts for asbestos patients.

ADAO’s Ninth Annual Asbestos Awareness Conference will be March 22-24 in Washington, D.C.

About Baron & Budd

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. has a more than 30-year history of “Protecting What’s Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, Baron & Budd continues to actively represent veterans, industry workers and others who are suffering as a result of exposure to asbestos. Baron & Budd achieved the largest mesothelioma verdict ever in the state of Texas, a $55 million verdict for an asbestos sufferer and his family in El Paso, Texas. Contact Baron and Budd at 1.866.855.1229 for additional information on mesothelioma treatments, mesothelioma cancer doctors and treatment centers and mesothelioma attorneys.