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Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

Top 5 Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

One of the most common forms of asbestos exposure is occupational, rather than environmental. Its durability, affordability, and fire-resistant qualities made it a “jack-of-all-trades” material that could be used in many lines of work.  Certain occupations were more at risk than others during the rise of the asbestos industry in the early to mid-twentieth century. The following are the top five high risk positions for asbestos exposure: Railroad worker Asbestos was used throughout much of the railroad industry, especially when railroad travel became a popular mode of transportation. Asbestos was used for insulation on steam and diesel locomotives, steam generators, pipe...

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Progress In The Fight To Ban Asbestos

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward in accordance with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and naming asbestos, as well as nine other chemicals the first that will come under review for new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation. In June 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act as an amendment to the TSCA – a law that went into effect in 1976 after years of discovering common chemicals such as DDT and CFCs were harmful. For decades, loopholes in the TSCA has kept asbestos and other...

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Determining If There Is Asbestos In Your Home

If your home was built before 1980, then your home may contain asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used throughout the 20th century in household building materials such as roofing, siding, insulation, flooring and much more.  As asbestos lawsuits accrued and the dangers of asbestos became known, the carcinogen ceased being used in homes, but the lingering effects of such a widespread product continues to pose a threat to families. Asbestos found in the home today should be removed if possible, but since it hasn’t been used in such mass quantities for a generation, one might find it difficult in identifying the...

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November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Exposure to asbestos can cause severe and life-threatening illnesses such as lung cancer. November is national lung cancer awareness month and if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer and were exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. Lung cancer was the first cancer to be linked to asbestos exposure. When asbestos fibers become airborne, they are easier to inhale and can become trapped inside the lung. As the fibers work themselves deeper into the tissue of the lungs, the infected areas develop inflammation and scarring. The once normal cells begin to change and cluster...

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The First Case of Pulmonary Asbestosis

Asbestosis, a severe and life threatening disease, is directly linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibers. In asbestosis, these fibers make their way to one’s lungs and become embedded in the inner tissue. The tissue then scars causing “fibrosis.”  Once the tissue begins to scar, it then starts to harden which stops the flow of oxygen; making it hard for the patient to breathe. It can take between 10 and 40 years to develop asbestosis. We know so much about asbestosis now – the symptoms, the treatment, and the cause, but back in the early 20th century it took the...

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