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Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2017

Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which takes place on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, aims to educate and inform society about the deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure, and how funding is a critical component in mesothelioma research. Mesothelioma Awareness Day was established in 2004 by the Meso Foundation and eventually became National Mesothelioma Awareness Day as proclaimed

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National Asbestos Awareness Week: April 1 – April 7, 2017

On March 29, 2017 the U.S. Senate passed S. Res.98; a resolution designating the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week” in an attempt to warn and educate the public about asbestos exposure and its deadly health effects. Despite it being a known carcinogen and its ban in many countries, it is not

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Despite Asbestos Regulations, CDC Reports Increase in Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is specifically caused by asbestos exposure. The cancer affects the lining surrounding various organs and cavities within the body called the mesothelium. Asbestos fibers, which are nearly invisible, sharp, and easily inhaled, become embedded in this soft tissue. The body is unable to break down or expel the

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Partial Repeal in the ACA Preserves Provisions for Residents in Libby, Montana

The dangers of asbestos have affected thousands of residents in the small town of Libby, Montana for decades. In 1919, the town that was once known for its logging industry discovered vermiculite mines – a naturally occurring mineral that is useful for fire-proofing, wall and loft insulation, and even soil conditioning.  W.R. Grace bought the

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The Introduction of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016, S.3427

The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016 S.3427 was introduced to the Senate on September 28, 2016. Supported by Senator Barbara Boxer, this bill was read and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Its purpose is to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to potentially have asbestos banned in

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Asbestos Products Produced Today in the United States

Asbestos is fire resistant, absorbs sound, strong, abundant, and cheap, so naturally it was a popular building material in the United States and throughout the world in the 20th century.  The thin, needle-like, almost invisible fibers of asbestos appear to be mild: no smell, no taste, and does not immediately irritate the eyes, nose, or

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Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2016

September 26, 2016, was Mesothelioma Awareness Day. This day dedicated to raising awareness for mesothelioma, was established in 2004 by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF). MARF is a nonprofit organization that believes that there is a cure for mesothelioma and through education, fundraising and awareness, a cure can be achieved. Mesothelioma is a deadly

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Types of Asbestos

There are six different types of asbestos that occur naturally throughout the world. Asbestos is actually the generic name given and is not a mineralogical definition.  A mineral product that is flexible, possesses high tensile strength, is heat resistant, resistant to chemical degradation, and can be woven into fabric is commercially designated as “asbestos.” Asbestos

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New Law Could Ban Asbestos in United States

There have been some exciting new developments with regards to the country’s Chemical Safety Regulations. Asbestos, the known carcinogen once used as a flame retardant and in insulation could possibly be banned in the United States, under new laws and regulations from Congress.  While The Chemical Safety regulations that have been implemented in this country

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Asbestos brake pads can still endanger your health

Asbestos exposure is commonly associated with occupation, specifically in mills and plants, but many miss the risks found in everyday products. Even though the Environmental Protection Agency began regulating the use of asbestos products more than thirty years ago, most of these items still linger in the present. Aside from construction products, including asbestos roofing

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Studies indicate growth of asbestos-related diseases

Because the Environmental Protection Agency began limiting the use of asbestos in the 1970s, many believe it is a disease of generations past. Unfortunately, it’s common use and the lack of a worldwide ban means it still poses significant risks. In fact, many predict resurgence. In 1990, a convention met to examine the threat of

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Twenty years ago, Lung Cancer Awareness Month began as a day to increase public consciousness around the most deadly cancer in the United States. As the movement continued to grow, one day expanded to a month of people coming together in communities around the world to spread information about lung cancer through events, social media,

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Workers still exposed to asbestos at high levels

Many years have passed since asbestos use became limited in the United States, yet the effects are still felt by workers and families alike. Those employed by steel mills, paper mills, shipyards and more put their lives in danger every day simply by going to work. Unlike other substances, overall evidence suggests there isn’t a

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Asbestos-related deaths higher than previous estimates

Asbestos is a silent killer, infecting its victim and waiting years to make its presence known. Many believe asbestos is a threat of the past and assume it’s banned with no risk of exposure. In reality, asbestos remains a deadly and destructive force. In the 50 years since the landmark medical study definitively indicated asbestos

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Mapping the Deadly Toll of Asbestos – State by State, County by County

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) – Fifty years after a landmark medical study definitively established that asbestos kills, the exact death toll remains unknown. Now, new research from EWG Action Fund provides the most accurate estimates available for the deadly impact of asbestos – across the nation and in your back yard. EWG Action Fund today

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