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Union Calls for Asbestos Remediation After Teacher’s Mesothelioma Diagnosis

People who are familiar with malignant mesothelioma as an occupational illness tend to think of factory and construction workers as those most likely to be diagnosed with the rare and fatal disease. But despite the image of structural integrity and safety evoked by the view of a school building, teachers rank high on the list of those most at risk for asbestos-related diseases. The reason is simple: most of the nation’s schools were constructed prior to the 1980s, when asbestos was a common structural component. Now teachers all around the nation are being diagnosed with mesothelioma, and there is a growing public outcry for something to be done.

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Mesothelioma Researchers Encouraged By National Cancer Institute’s Proposed Budget

In response to declining budgets for cancer research, including integral studies benefitting our understanding of malignant mesothelioma, the National Cancer Institute has released its Annual Plan & Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2021. The budget has requested $6.9 billion in funding, representing a significant boost in the amount of monies dedicated to finding cancer cures.

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Mesothelioma Symposium Welcomes Physicians and Patients Alike

An international gathering of mesothelioma experts will take place in California in a few weeks, bringing together physicians and other healthcare professionals, as well as advocates, patients, their families and caregivers. The event is the 9thAnnual International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma, and it will take place on September 21stat the Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center at the UCLA campus. The symposium is being hosted by both The Pacific Mesothelioma Center and UCLA.

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Study Reveals Six Factors That Extend Mesothelioma Survival

Malignant mesothelioma is an extremely rare disease, but enough information is available on the condition to let those who’ve been diagnosed with it know that they face an extremely abbreviated future. The disease is always classified as terminal, with the median survival time for those diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma being 14 months and for those diagnosed with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma being 31 months. Still, there are some who live with the disease for several years, and a recent study took a deep dive into the characteristics of those who live the longest after the time of diagnosis.

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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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