|[February 24, 2014]
ADAO President Linda Reinstein Keynotes for Occupational Cancer Research Centre
TORONTO --(Business Wire)--
Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which combines education,
advocacy, and community to help ensure justice for asbestos victims,
announced that ADAO Co-Founder and President Linda Reinstein served as
the keynote speaker at the Occupational
Lung Cancer Symposium today in Toronto. The symposium, hosted by the Occupational
Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), focused on recent research on the
burden and prevalence of major exposures linked to occupational lung
cancer, such as asbestos and diesel engine exhaust.
"ADAO was thrilled to deliver the keynote address at this important OCRC
symposium," stated Reinstein. "The World Health Organization reports,
'Lung cancer, mesothelioma, and bladder cancer are among the most common
types of occupational cancers.' Raising further awareness about this
critical issue is top of mind for us in our educational efforts."
Reinstein's presentation, "Lung Cancer Research: Beyond the
Bench in the 21st Century," explored how to turn research
into action, and reaffirmed that prevention remains the only cure. The
World Health Organization (WHO) reports, "Globally, 19% of all cancers
are attributable to the environment, including work setting resulting in
1.3 million deaths each year."
"The OCRC brought together provincia, national and international
researchers and public health advocates to focus on occupational lung
cancer because recent studies have highlighted that a significant
percentage of lung cancers can be attributed to occupational exposures
including asbestos, diesel, silica and radon," stated Paul Demers,
Ph.D., M.Sc., Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre. "Lung
cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, yet receives less than 10%
of cancer research funding. The urgent need to identify lung cancer due
to occupational exposures is why today's symposium has focused on the
logistical, ethical and financial issues related to screening for
occupational lung cancer."
The entire presentation is available online via SlideShare after
February 24th. The esteemed speakers included 2013
ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference speaker Paul Demers of the
Occupational Cancer Centre, Kurt Straif of the International Agency for
Research on Cancer, and Anthony Miller of the University of Toronto.
ADAO recently had the privilege of hearing Straif and Miller speak at
Helsinki Conference on Monitoring and Surveillance of Asbestos-Related
OCRC, established in 2009, is the first of its kind in Canada. The
Centre was established to fill the gaps in our knowledge of
occupation-related cancers and to translate these findings into
preventive programs to control workplace carcinogenic exposures and
improve the health of workers. For more information about the symposium
and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, please visit OccupationalCancer.ca.
ADAO will hold its Tenth
Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on April 4 - 6,
2014, at the Crystal Gateway (News - Alert) Marriott in Arlington, VA.
About the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was founded by
asbestos victims and their families in 2004. ADAO is the largest
non-profit in the U.S. dedicated to providing asbestos victims and
concerned citizens with a united voice through our education, advocacy,
and community initiatives. ADAO seeks to raise public awareness about
the dangers of asbestos exposure, advocate for an asbestos ban, and
protect asbestos victims' civil rights. For more information, visit www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org.
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