by: Motley Rice

I’ve been a lawyer for long enough to have done a little bit of everything from representing state agencies to dealing with disastrous divorces and sending criminals to jail. I’ve found satisfaction and much joy in helping my clients, and among those that have touched my heart the most are the victims of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos exposure is responsible for the deaths of 12,000 to 15,000 Americans every year. That is, according to a new study released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Action Fund. This is a stark increase from numbers released by the CDC and suggests that the true toll of asbestos exposure is even worse than previously thought.

Jodi Westbrook Flowers

This day will never be an easy day: not for survivors, not for the families of victims and not for the people who witnessed firsthand the most tragic day in American history. It will never be an easy day for any American, but it is a day that makes us come together—in pain, in remembrance and in solidarity—as a nation.

Regardless of whether you spent every weekend or only a day or two here and there in the sun this summer, a basic skin exam is vital to catching early signs of melanoma, a skin cancer that takes the lives of almost 10,000 Americans every year.