Mesothelioma is, undoubtedly, a devastating disease. About 20,000 people die every year from malignant mesothelioma, and one of the most tragic traits of this disease is that it can take years to detect. However, researchers are optimistic about a new device that may make it easier to identify malignant mesothelioma in early stages.
Unlicensed asbestos-removal companies across the country may want to pay attention to the sentence recently imposed on a man who was convicted of exposing people to asbestos. The 59-year old man owned and operated a company that performed illegal and dangerous asbestos removal and disposal projects.
For decades, men and women signed up for the Navy without knowing how their service would affect their health years later. Across the country, veterans of the Navy are getting sick and dying from lung cancers and asbestosis that can be linked, often, to working in ships with asbestos-laden materials.
States in the U.S., including Virginia, are lacking the awareness of asbestos and the relation to mesothelioma. According to a UK survey taken by the British Lung Foundation, roughly 67 percent of 2,000 residents admitted they would not know asbestos if they saw it, while only about 22 percent said they had known asbestos was banned by law.
Over ten years ago, tens of thousands of men and women raced into the crumbling World Trade Center to find victims and start cleaning up the damage. Day after day, these first responders worked tirelessly to clean up the site. Sadly, this daily work at the collapsed towers meant that all the men and women were breathing in 2,000 tons of asbestos per day. Now, studies are showing that many of them are in the early stages of cancer and other asbestos-related diseases.
We previously noted that cases of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are expected to peak in the next eight years. This is because up until the 1980s, people were regularly exposed to asbestos and it can take about 40 years for symptoms to develop. Since the 1980s, however, states have started to hold companies responsible for using or manufacturing asbestos products or for the careless removal asbestos.
Significant research has been done to understand the cause and effects of mesothelioma. This aggressive form of cancer forms in the lining of the chest and is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. As research continues, some scientists are looking into why not everyone exposed to asbestos develops mesothelioma. Could some have a genetic predisposition to the fatal disease?
After a long, drawn-out battle to make repairs to a dangerous tunnel system underneath the legislative branch on Capitol Hill, a conclusion has finally been reached. The entire process took 13 years to complete and cost a reported $173 million to repair dangerous conditions related to asbestos. While it is a good thing that the work has finally been completed, workers who were exposed to the asbestos have found little relief in the recent announcement.
Right up through the 1980s, asbestos was referred to as the "miracle material" and was used in machines for everything from insulation to fireproof coatings. It is a strong and flexible fiber, can resist fire and extreme heat, and was relatively cheap to get. For these, and other, reasons, asbestos was used widely in many manufacturing and construction industries.
Last year, a judge ruled that one man would receive $322 million for damages related to asbestos. It was the largest amount awarded to a single plaintiff in the United States. Unfortunately, the company that was sued appealed the decision and the case was retried. On the second round, the company won their case. How could this happen?