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Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

Be a quitter this November

Every year, the third Thursday of November is designated by the American Cancer Society as ‘The Great American Smokeout.’ The day is used to encourage smokers to quit, even for a day, and embrace a healthier life for themselves and those around them. Beginning in 1977, the Great American Smokeout became an official event after several years of smaller initiatives around the United States. In 1970, it was as simple as not smoking cigarettes for one day and donating the money to a local high school in Massachusetts. By 1976, the American Cancer Society in California held an event where almost...

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Secondhand asbestos exposure poses threat to workers’ families

In the early 1970s, a series of lawsuits forced companies to admit responsibility for exposing workers to the carcinogen known as asbestos. Used as insulation, tiling, roofing and more, this fiber was found all around steel mills, chemical and power plants, putting hundreds of thousands of workers at risk for asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma and lung cancer. While much of the focus falls on those with occupational asbestos exposure, the families of the workers are at risk for developing illnesses through exposure at home. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure and theories suggest any amount of the fiber can cause...

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Asbestos-related lung cancer aids in killing 15,000 Americans each year

As the number two cause of death for adults in the United States, cancer remains a very real threat for many. An average 1,600 Americans die each day from cancer with almost two million new cases diagnosed each year. Statistics show one in two men and one in three females will develop cancer during their lifetime. The science of determining why someone gets cancer and another does not is incomplete. Genetic defects play a minor role, causing between five and 10 percent of all cancers. The other 90 to 95 percent are caused by genetic changes, environmental exposure and lifestyle. Certain...

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GPW to relocate after nearly three decades on Fifth Avenue

FOR RELEASE September 29, 2015 Pittsburgh, PA – After almost three decades, the principle office of Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. is relocating. Effective Friday, Oct. 2, the firm will move from its 1030 Fifth Avenue location across from Consol Energy Center to 11 Stanwix Street in the First Niagara Building. “After looking at many properties in Pittsburgh and trying to stay in Uptown, we toured the 11 Stanwix space and it felt like the right fit,” said Managing Shareholder Dave Chervenick. “Leaving our location at 1030 Fifth Avenue is sad because of all the time spent here, dating back to when...

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Lack of asbestos permits puts Pittsburgh community at risk for exposure

Prior to regulations established in the 1970s and 1980s, asbestos was commonly used in building materials such as roofing, tiles, insulation and more. Because of this, many homes built before the new laws contain the deadly fiber, undisturbed above their heads and below their feet. When demolition of a property is commissioned, a major concern is securing the proper permits and safety for all those near the site. In some cases, contractors may forget or move forward without asbestos clearances, possibly releasing the fibers into the air. Asbestos removal is time consuming and expensive, causing companies to try to complete the project...

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