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It’s Not Over For Residents In Libby, Montana

The latest news to come out of Libby Montana, an area in the United States where hundreds of people were killed following decades of asbestos exposure, reports that more than 1,000 of those victims have reached a $25 million settlement with Montana health officials. There were over 100 lawsuits, each with multiple claimants all stating that Montana health officials failed to warn those who worked in the Libby Mine that they were working with vermiculite contaminated with tremolite  – one of the most deadly forms of asbestos. This latest settlement comes directly after an announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

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The Facts About Asbestos Exposure and Lung Cancer

Asbestos exposure causes more than just mesothelioma cancer. It can be a contributing factor to a lung cancer diagnosis – a cancer than that affects about 14% of cancer victims, making it the second most common cancer in both men and women according to the American Cancer Society. The devastating reality about lung cancer due to asbestos exposure is that the disease could have been entirely prevented. With corporate greed and companies placing profits above their workers’ health, many workers exposed to asbestos fibers, even for a short period of time, increased their risk of developing lung cancer up to...

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Asbestos in Children’s Toys

Decades ago, when one thought of asbestos, it was generally associated with its many uses and versatility. Asbestos was heavily used throughout the 20th century in America and around the world because of its unique fire resistant properties and its abundance that made it so affordable. Insulation, pipe covering, roof and floor tiles are just a few of the many common household items that asbestos was used for, but a startling discovery only a couple decades ago  placed people, especially parents with young children, on high alert. Researchers discovered as recently as 2015 that deadly asbestos fibers were found in children’s...

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The Effects of Secondhand Exposure

The carcinogenic qualities of asbestos have affected hard working individuals who worked in industrial, chemical, electrical, and other trade settings for decades. Airborne asbestos fibers, once inhaled, can lead to many asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. What many may not know is the increase in secondhand exposure among spouses, children, and other family members due to the fact that workers would often carry home these invisible fibers – contaminating their entire house hold. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease because on average, more men worked in asbestos-contaminated industries. However, over the...

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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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