Documentary features those affected by mesothelioma

5 Nov 2018 by under News

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Cousins Conor Lewis and Zack Johnson had a difficult time understanding how their 90-year-old grandmother developed fatal mesothelioma. So, they set off across the country on their bicycles to find out why. Then Lewis turned the experience into a documentary.

Lewis, a Western Kentucky University graduate, is the director and producer of the documentary, “Dirty Laundry.” His former classmate, Bryan Lemon, also produced the film. It features surviving family members, doctors, activists, and communities affected by the cancer-causing mineral.

“These people are some of the most positive individuals for having something so horrific happen to them,” Lemon said.

The documentary was shot between August and October 2016, and was produced in 2017. The film debuted in March and has been since shown at at least 10 film festivals.

is a mineral that was widely used in construction, friction, and shipbuilding materials. Its use in the United States was restricted in the 1980s even though it was known for decades that exposure to the microscopic fibers of could be deadly. can lead to lung cancer and , a rare but deadly form of cancer that forms in the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or chest. can take up to 50 years to develop. Once diagnosed, it usually proves deadly within 12 to 24 months.

Asbestos is banned in more than 60 countries around the world, including Canada, but it is still in use in the United States. A new use rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) now allows new uses of cancer-causing asbestos.

Source: Bowling Green Daily News

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