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Why Does Asbestos-Related Disease Continue to Rise?

In early 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that despite the decline of asbestos use once the product became regulated in the United States, mesothelioma rates continue to rise, with a total of 45,221 deaths in the United States alone from 1999 to 2015. Scientists and researchers struggle to pinpoint reasoning

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World Cancer Day – Cancers Caused by Asbestos Exposure

Monday, February 4, 2019, was World Cancer Day and around the world, communities held seminars, festivals, and walks to promote and raise awareness about an illness that affects millions of people each year.  During World Cancer Day, communities educate people about cancer risks, signs and symptoms, and available treatments and support. Risk factors for cancer

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Funding Needed for Lung Cancer Awareness and Research – How You Can Help

For a cancer than claims more lives than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined, Lung Cancer is severely underfunded, leaving scientists and researchers reliant on private funding and donations. Funding for lung cancer, as with many other cancers, plays a critical role in developing and investigating research that could eventually lead to a cure. Donating to

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Dealing With a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

A mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating for those suffering with the disease and family members alike. The nature of the illness is aggressive, and there is currently no cure. The quality of life for a mesothelioma patient can decrease significantly and quickly as the cancer spreads throughout the body. One of the most frustrating aspects to

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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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Lung cancer is more than a smokers’ disease

The world seems to turn pink each October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but little recognition is given to the month that follows. November marks Lung Cancer Awareness Month, intended to educate the public about the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States. As smoking rates decrease,

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Asbestos: Past risk or future threat?

Most people never think or worry about asbestos. Once deemed a miracle fiber, the substance’s use was largely eradicated after OSHA came into existence. What many don’t realize is the lasting effects of the carcinogen. At one time before the dangers were realized, asbestos appeared in a variety of manufactured items, from insulation to clothing. Exposure occurred

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Libby, Montana faces new asbestos-related threats

While exploring northwestern Montana in 1916, prospectors made a unique discovery in the mountains that would forever affect the people in the nearby town of Libby.  This strange mineral was resistant to high heat and fire, making it ideal for construction materials. Mining began three years later of the vermiculite, called Zonolite by the early

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Firefighters at higher risk for many cancers including mesothelioma

When the alarm sounds, they don’t think about the dangers ahead or their possible loss of life. Firefighters immediately react, placing the lives of those in peril ahead of their own. They charge into burning buildings with one goal in mind, not pausing to consider the longterm effects. Unfortunately for these heroes, the risks still

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CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Analyzes Mesothelioma Death Rates

The CDC‘s April 24, 2009 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report served as a reminder to some and alert to others of the deadly and lingering effects of asbestos. The report, "Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality – United States, 1999-2005," reviewed annual deaths attributable to malignant mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos, compared to population, death rates, and

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ATSDR Issues Report on Asbestos Exposure from Libby Vermiculite

Employees, their families and people living close to 28 exfoliation sites may have been exposed to amphibole asbestos from vermiculite mined in Libby, Montana between the 1920s and the early 1990s, a report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry ( ATSDR ) has concluded. The report identifies groups of people most at–risk

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Karmanos Researchers Identify Pathway for Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute today announced significant scientific findings that could lead to better treatment and therapies for cancer patients suffering from malignant pleural mesothelioma. Karmanos scientists presented their research at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in Los Angeles, CA. “We are getting closer and closer to making an

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NIOSH Seeks Comment On Draft Asbestos Research Roadmap

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently issued for public comment a draft research strategy document on asbestos and other mineral fibers. The draft suggests avenues of new research to answer current scientific questions about occupational exposure and toxicity issues relating to asbestos and other mineral fibers; reduce current scientific uncertainties in

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Last update: April 01, 2019. 03:30:08 pm.