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January 2013 Archives

Longer survival outlook for patients with localized mesothelioma

Despite the fact that people have known for decades that asbestos is toxic and can cause cancer, people continue to suffer from diseases and cancers caused by the airborne fibers. Tragically, the malignant forms of these cancers are ultimately fatal and while there are treatments to extend a person's life and ease the pain, a diagnosis can come too late for many victims.

Report: Secondhand asbestos exposure more likely for women

Asbestos exposure can cause any person to develop a life-threatening illness at any age. This exposure can cause diseases, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis, which can take decades to start showing symptoms. This means that victims who are currently facing a devastating diagnosis were likely exposed to asbestos 10, 20 or even 50 years ago.

Asbestos in paper mills and the continuing threat of exposure

We have discussed that lingering threats of asbestos exposure that veterans of the U.S. Navy and construction workers have faced in the past several decades. However, there are other industries in which people worked that also pose a serious threat to the health of the workers and their families.

Important reminders about the presence of asbestos today

Too many people think that asbestos is no longer an issue in today's homes and products. They may think that because the dangers associated with asbestos were discovered decades ago, the fiber has been removed from the marketplace, banned and no longer present in products we come into contact with every day. Unfortunately, this is not true. The fact is that asbestos is still used in some capacities and people may be using asbestos-containing products on a regular basis without even realizing it.

Terminally ill asbestos worker seeks compensation

Workers exposed to harsh chemicals for a number of years can often suffer from serious illness as a result of that exposure. One such worker, a 59-year-old man in Cornwall, U.K., was been diagnosed with mesothelioma last summer and given a maximum of six months to live. Chemotherapy treatments have helped to keep the cancer at bay, though have also left him house bound and weak.

Lawsuit brought alleging workplace asbestos exposure

Asbestos exposure in the workplace can be extremely harmful to workers. Such exposure can sometimes even result in a worker developing cancer. Thus, it is very important for companies to not engage in conduct which results in workers suffering asbestos exposure.

Children used to remove asbestos from building

Recently, we have been discussing the dangers of asbestos exposure that men and women in the military faced for decades. Unfortunately, people are still being exposed to this cancer-causing fiber, despite the known risks associated with it. Allowing people to come into contact with asbestos, whether it was 40 years ago on a naval ship or just days ago on a construction site, is extremely negligent behavior.

Military veterans disproportionately affected by asbestos

We have discussed the various ways in which people all across the country may be affected by lethal exposure to asbestos. The fiber can be found in our homes, our cars and at the jobs we go to nearly every day. However, the threat of exposure that continues today may be dwarfed by the levels of exposure to asbestos that members of the United States military were subjected to for decades.

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