Close to 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year after complaining of shortness of breath, chest pain, and fluid in the chest. Many are misdiagnosed only to later find they have incurable cancer.
It may not come as a surprise to many that where you work affects your risk of developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a word plaguing television commercials and highway ads and has become something close to a household name as lawyers vie for the chance to represent victims in court. The disease that used to be a mystery to many can now be easily identified and people generally understand it is caused by exposure to asbestos, often while working in particular industries.
Close to 3,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year. People are going to the doctor complaining of shortness of breath, chest pain, and fluid in the chest and are being misdiagnosed with benign conditions, only later finding they have incurable cancer. It's this medical phenomenon that's causing people to be diagnosed at a stage too late to really leave many treatment options open. read more
Firefighters not only fight some of the toughest fires, but also the high risk of developing mesothelioma due to prolonged asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a cancer that significantly damages the lining of the lungs, abdomen and heart. A recent study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests that firefighters are twice as likely to be diagnosed with mesothelioma as the entire US population. The research also points to asbestos exposure as the primary source of mesothelioma in American firefighters.
Are men more prone to mesothelioma? Men, take a deep breath because the answer is yes.
Despite being rare in comparison to other cancers, Mesothelioma is quickly turning into a real threat – more importantly for men. In the Unites States alone, Mesothelioma has claimed more than 37,000 lives up till 2013. Studies suggest that around 3,000 cases are reported every year in American alone. 60% of these cases are diagnosed in men, which makes them four times more susceptible to Mesothelioma than women.
Research also suggests that women have almost three-times better survival chances compared to men. Around 13 percent of women with Mesothelioma live up to five years after treatment in comparison to men who have a strikingly low survival rate of 4.5 percent.
Mesotheliomalawyers.com, a website that is devoted to helping people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma to find financial assistance, information about the disease and much more, has just been re-launched as a mesothelioma lawyer locator. For people who are looking for reputable and caring mesothelioma lawyers who can help them, the newly redesigned website is an outstanding resource.
Mesothelioma generally has a long dormancy period, ranging anywhere from 20 to 50 years. When it’s finally diagnosed, mesothelioma is usually in the latest stages of the disease. A new light-based test, however, may help in detecting and diagnosing mesothelioma much earlier.
Numerous parents of students at Enfield, Connecticut’s Enfield High School are concerned and worried after seeing a portion of the high school blocked off for renovations in areas that contain asbestos. Many parents claim that they were never notified of the construction.
According to Hartford Courant, a myriad of parents are upset about the new construction going on at the high school, and some have even taken to Facebook to write a complaint letter to Enfield’s mayor, Scott Kaupin.
A total of six companies in the Chicago area were fined this month for asbestos violations, federal officials report. The companies will have a few weeks to contest the charges.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), exposure to asbestos and other dangerous hazards occurred over the summer while work was being done the cafeteria at Chute Middle School, in Evanston, Illinois. A total of $132,000 in combined penalties await the companies who have been fined.
Recent studies suggest that an ingredient in vinegar can kill mesothelioma cancer cells within a matter of minutes. The new findings may mean that the primary ingredient in vinegar could be used one day to help treat the deadly disease. read more