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Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

Despite Asbestos Regulations, CDC Reports Increase in Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is specifically caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer affects the lining surrounding various organs and cavities within the body called the mesothelium. Asbestos fibers, which are nearly invisible, sharp, and easily inhaled, become embedded in this soft tissue. The body is unable to break down or expel the fibers, resulting in damage and scarring to this protective lining that surrounds the organs. Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year and even though it is a rare cancer, mesothelioma is aggressive, and with no known cure, the average life expectancy once one is...

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Asbestos in Our Schools: How the EPA Keeps Children and Adults Safe

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created to protect the environment and the health of humans by regulating substances that could potentially be harmful to both.  Asbestos is a carcinogen that was used in many places that we come in contact with daily:  our schools, our homes, the buildings we work in,  and the products we buy. While asbestos is illegal to mine in the United States, it is not illegal to import and asbestos is still used in products and manufacturing today. Many schools that were built before 1980 contain asbestos because of the many qualities to the substance;...

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Asbestos-contaminated Dental Tape Linked to Mesothelioma in Dentists

Occupational asbestos exposure is one of the biggest factors in those suffering from asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. Steelworkers, chemical plant workers, tradesmen, and even those who worked in shipyards were most likely exposed to asbestos due to the nature of their work. Much of the equipment and products used were lined with asbestos since asbestos is heat-resistant, durable, and above all, cheap.  While the dangers of asbestos exposure have become common knowledge in the aforementioned professions, exposure can still arise from unexpected places. Recent discoveries of mesothelioma in those who worked in the dental field have raised...

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Early Asbestos Litigation

The use of asbestos dates back thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the mid-20th century that asbestos use become widespread. With production in steel mills, chemical plants, paper mills, power plants, etc., on the rise, asbestos-containing products and equipment became standard in the industry. Its heat resistance made it useful in the lining of equipment such as blast furnaces, coke ovens, basic oxygen furnaces, continuous rolling mills, electric arc furnaces, and open hearth furnaces. The shipyard industry, which boomed around that time period, used asbestos and asbestos containing products throughout almost all aspects of the ships; insulation on pipes,...

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Asbestos Victims’ Privacy in Danger if FACT Act 2017 Passes

A new bill was approved by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee earlier this month that could damage the asbestos claims process and prevent victims of asbestos-related diseases from ever seeing any sort of monetary compensation before they pass. The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017 is not a new proposal, and for years those advocating for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases have been successful in stopping this bill in its tracks. If this bill is passed, asbestos trusts would be required to file quarterly reports for each payout. Personal information from those seeking compensation would be available...

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