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Month: August 2019

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United Kingdom Hospital Buildings Called Mesothelioma Breeding Grounds

We think of hospitals as places where we go to be cured of illness, but it seems that in the United Kingdom they have become “ticking time bombs” for malignant mesothelioma diagnoses. That’s because roughly 94 percent of hospitals in London were built with asbestos which remains in place. Exposure to asbestos is the cause of the rare and deadly form of cancer, which recently claimed the life of a noted British HIV researcher.

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Asbestos Abatement Company Fined $66,000 After Exposing Employees to Mesothelioma Risk

If you’ve been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, it means that at some point in your life you were exposed to asbestos. Depending on how it happened to you, you might not have been aware that you were near to the carcinogenic material. Perhaps you knew you were working with asbestos, but it was back in the days before it was widely known that it was dangerous. 

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If You Know You’ve Been Exposed to Asbestos, Early Screening is a Smart Choice

Many people who are diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma are shocked to hear that they have the rare and deadly form of cancer. They either are entirely unfamiliar with the illness, or have no idea that they were exposed to asbestos at some point in their lives. But for many others, the diagnosis is the culmination of years of watching and waiting: these are people who had worked in occupations that exposed them to the carcinogenic material, or who had a parent who might have brought the dust home on their clothing, or who lived near asbestos mines when they were children. For those people with a known exposure, many physicians suggest that getting screened early and often may provide extended survival benefits.

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Fly Tipping Is Just One Mesothelioma Risk for Native Americans

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that affects fewer than 3,500 Americans each year. Though little is known about how the disease actually develops within the body, and less is known about how to cure it, the source of the disease is well understood: it is caused by exposure to asbestos. Most people who have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma have a history of having worked around the carcinogenic material, whether as auto mechanics, factory workers, construction workers or some other job where the mineral’s heat resistance and strength were needed. But for America’s Native American population, occupational exposure is just one piece of the puzzle.

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Combining Cases Eases the Stress for Mesothelioma Victims

After the initial shock of receiving a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma has passed, victims of the asbestos-related disease need to sit down and make several important decisions. Beyond the medical decisions and talks with your family, you also need to decide whether to pursue legal action against the company or companies responsible for your exposure to asbestos. As you weigh your options, keep in mind that many victims who are intimidated by the thought of a jury trial choose to consolidate their cases with other victims with similar exposures. Though asbestos companies often object to doing so, consolidation can minimize the amount of time spent gathering evidence, while also cutting down on the court’s caseload and on stress for the victims.

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Surprising Reasons Why Mesothelioma Patients and their Physicians Opt Out of Treatment

All over the world there are researchers and physicians who have dedicated their lives to finding a cure for malignant mesothelioma, a rare and deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Their efforts build on what has already been determined to be effective — chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy. Yet despite the fact that these protocols have been proven to extend patient survival and improve quality of life, a recent study found that many patients diagnosed with the condition are never given chemotherapy.

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Thailand Study Reveals The Challenge of Expelling Asbestos From the Body

Though researchers from the Department of Pathology at Ramatahibodi Hospital in Thailand did not set out to conduct a study on malignant mesothelioma, their findings are still extremely important for those who seek a greater understanding of how the rare and fatal form of cancer forms in the body. The researchers, who worked collaboratively with scientists from the Academy of Science of The Royal Society of Thailand, conducted autopsies on 200 recently deceased Thai residents and concluded that almost 50% of all of the country’s residents have at least traces of asbestos in their lungs.

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Study Examines Safety of Intraoperative Chemotherapy

Intraoperative chemotherapy has been available as a treatment protocol for patients diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma for many years. But the use of chemotherapy in the midst of surgery for pleural mesothelioma has lagged behind, largely out of concerns that patients might suffer significant complications. Now a study published in the Indian Journal of Surgical Oncologyseems to be clearing the way for mesothelioma surgeons to begin offering the procedure, as researchers found it to be both safe and effective.

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It’s Not Just Mesothelioma: Link Found Between Asbestos and Prostate Cancer

Men and women who have worked around asbestos have long feared their risk of malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious illnesses, and with good cause. There has been irrefutable evidence that the material that was used so extensively in industrial and construction settings is a dangerous carcinogen. Now a group of researchers from two esteemed universities in Bengbu, China have conducted a meta-analysis of previously conducted studies and found that exposure to asbestos also creates a higher risk of diagnosis with prostate cancer.

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