National Poison Prevention Week: healtheo360 is honored to partner with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance (MCA) during National Poison Prevention Week in an effort to raise awareness and educate others about the potential poisons/toxins they may encounter in their everyday environment.
National Poison Prevention Week - Background:
The United States Congress passed a joint resolution on September 26, 1961, requesting that the U.S. President, John F. Kennedy, proclaim the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week. He granted the resolution and made March 1962 the first official observance of Poison Prevention Week.
Poisoning is a leading cause of accidental injury in the U.S. and harms people of all ages, genders, and races. While most poisonings can be treated or prevented, they still hold the risk of being extremely dangerous and potentially deadly.
National Poison Prevention Week 2017
Each year there are daily themes to go along with Poison Prevention Week. This year’s themes are:
- Monday, March 20 – Children Act Fast … So Do Poisons
- Tuesday, March 21 – Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money
- Wednesday, March 22 – Poisonings Span a Lifetime
- Thursday, March 23 – Home Safe Home
- Friday, March 24 – Medicine Safety
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance at Mesothelioma.com (MCA) and healtheo360 are participating in Poison Prevention Week by spreading awareness about the dangers of poisons, both in the home and workplace. Check out this infographic to learn about common toxins and where they can be found:
MCA is an organization working to spread awareness for the disease, and fights to have asbestos banned in the United States. The disease is rare and aggressive, affecting approximately 2,000-3,000 new patients each year, and offers a very poor 12-21 month life expectancy.
This year the MCA will be focusing on the Wednesday and Thursday themes: Poisonings Span a Lifetime and Home Safe Home. Asbestos fibers, which are commonly found in construction materials used in homes, schools and other buildings, are extremely toxic when those materials are disturbed and the dust is inhaled. Particles stick to the mesothelium tissue found in the lungs, abdomen and heart, and can stay there for 10-50 years before symptoms of mesothelioma occur.
To learn more about the rare cancer, mesothelioma, you can visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance here.