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Factors in Mesothelioma Compensation

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is almost exclusively tied to asbestos exposure. Due to the fact that mesothelioma is caused by outside factors, some mesothelioma patients may be entitled to compensation for their physical and emotional pain. No two mesothelioma cases are the same and there are several factors that must be considered during a mesothelioma case.  Here are a few factors to consider: When and Where the Asbestos Exposure Took Place Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos, a naturally-occurring fibrous material that remains in a person’s body for years after the initial exposure....

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What Are Some Alternatives to Asbestos?

Asbestos was an extremely common and popular material that was used throughout most of the twentieth century. It was, and still is, an abundant, naturally occurring substance that can be mined in mass quantities. Because of its abundancy, it is in-expensive, which allows for it to be used in a litany of products. Asbestos is also unique because even though its natural state when freshly mined resembles a rock, the rock can be easily separated, revealing tiny and very strong fibers. These fibers allowed asbestos to be used in thousands of products – from plastics, to adhesives, to insulation. Insulation was...

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Mesothelioma Incidence Rates Around the World

Thousands of people each year are diagnosed with and die from asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma in the United States each year. But how does that compare to the rest of the world? Even though asbestos is still legal in the United States, the United States’ incidence rate for mesothelioma is not the highest in the world. This is because of a small town in Australia, which not only was built upon the mining of asbestos, but mined one of the most deadly forms of asbestos in existence: Crocidolite, or blue asbestos. Wittenoom, Australia Wittenoom, Australia, a town north-north-east of Perth...

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Where You Might Have Been Exposed to Asbestos

Asbestos was an extremely common ingredient in building materials and other products for the better half of a century. As a result, this dangerous naturally-occurring substance can be found in homes, workplaces, as well as other buildings.  Unfortunately, a lot of exposure happened in the workplace. The Construction Industry The construction industry is known for its once liberal use of building supplies that contained asbestos. This is because asbestos is both heat and fire resistant.  It is also resistant to chemicals and non-conductive to electricity. The use of asbestos started in the late 1800s and continued unhindered until the late 1970s. As...

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The Difference Between Asbestosis and Mesothelioma

While it is true that asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma and asbestosis, the two illnesses are vastly different, despite their route cause being the same. These differences range from signs, and symptoms, to prognosis, and treatment. The main difference between asbestosis and mesothelioma is that mesothelioma is a type of cancer, while asbestosis is a pulmonary disease. However, it should be noted that if one has asbestosis, they are more likely to develop lung cancer in the future. Asbestosis Asbestosis, like mesothelioma, is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers. In asbestosis, these fibers make their way to one’s lungs and become...

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