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Mesothelioma will be discussed at asbestos awareness conference

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will be having its sixth Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference on the weekend of April 9-11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel.

The conference is scheduled to provide families, employees and scientists throughout the world with information surrounding the dangers of asbestos exposure. ADAO also plans to instill their efforts on banning asbestos and encouraging researchers to improve treatment options for asbestos-related diseases.

Malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure, is a fatal illness that has yet to be cured. Most treatments for this cancer aim to provide relief from symptoms and improve overall quality of life for patients. Only experimental treatment options offer patients the chance to beat the cancer.

Throughout the conference, physicians, scientists and health care professionals representing the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Germany will talk about the latest information regarding the impact of asbestos in the United States and on a global scale.

On Friday, April 9, families, patients and caregivers will gather to share stories and attend a reception. Entertainment during the reception will be provided by Jordan Zevon, whose father, rock musician Warren Zevon, passed away from mesothelioma.

On Saturday, April 10, the main conference will take place and all topics surrounding asbestos will be discussed. A recognition segment will honor those who have demonstrated great efforts in increasing asbestos awareness.

Those being recognized include United States Senator Richard Durbin, Dr. Hedy Kindler, Fernanda Giannasi, June Breit and the Center for Asbestos Related Disease in Libby, Montana.

The Unity and Hope Brunch on April 11 will honor and remember loved ones who have lost their lives to asbestos-related diseases.

The international conference is made possible by ADAO, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat.

Additional information on mesothelioma and asbestos exposure may be found through the Mesothelioma Center.

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