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Four types of mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposure

25 Apr 2018 by under News

Mesothelioma 100x100 Four types of mesothelioma linked to asbestos exposureMesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects the lining of internal organs. There are four types of : pleural, peritoneal, pericardial and tunica vaginalis (testicular). All types of have been linked to exposure. Most exposure to occurs in the workplace. The disease can take 15 to 50 years from exposure to present with symptoms. (more…)


Many industries hid evidence of asbestos exposure in workplace

21 Apr 2018 by under Legal, News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Many industries hid evidence of asbestos exposure in workplaceBeginning in the 1920s, medical professionals linked exposure to , particularly in the workplace, to , a rare but deadly form of lung cancer. In the decades that followed, the use of asbestos in the U.S. declined. Industries that continued to manufacture asbestos-containing products were required to have their workers wear protective clothing such as coveralls or similar full-body clothing, head covering, gloves and foot coverings. Despite these protective measures, workers can still be exposed. (more…)


Firefighters are greater risk of mesothelioma

31 Mar 2018 by under News

firefighters at WTC site 100x100 Firefighters are greater risk of mesotheliomaFirefighters are at a much greater risk of cancer than ever before, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The reason? Houses contain material that, when on fire, can release toxic fumes and other contaminants. (more…)


Hawaii fire department fined for not protecting firefighters from asbestos exposure

29 Mar 2018 by under News

Airport firefighters drill 100x100 Hawaii fire department fined for not protecting firefighters from asbestos exposureThe State of Hawaii has fined the Honolulu Fire Department $7,000 for not protecting firefighters from dangerous asbestos they were exposed to during a summertime fire at the Marco Polo condominiums that killed three people and destroyed dozens of units. The fire was the largest high-rise fire in the state’s history, and hundreds of Honolulu firefighters worked to contain the blaze. (more…)


Claire’s faces more claims of asbestos in children’s cosmetics

27 Mar 2018 by under News

asbestos cosmetics claires talc 100x100 Claires faces more claims of asbestos in childrens cosmeticsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking into claims of asbestos contamination in cosmetics products sold at children’s retailer Claire’s Stores Inc., after testing by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) on 15 -containing products revealed that three of the products sold at Clair’s contained . (more…)


UK names first mesothelioma nurse specialist

22 Mar 2018 by under News

nurse Wikipedia 100x100 UK names first mesothelioma nurse specialistThe United Kingdom has appointed the first mesothelioma nurse specialist charged with helping armed forces personnel and veterans affected by the deadly cancer caused by exposure. The nurse, Helen Wilkes, will be based at the University Hospital Southhampton NHS Trust, where she will assist patients in Southamptom, Portsmouth, central and southern England, the Channel Islands and the Falklands. Wilkes will work with local support groups to raise awareness about the disease and to connect patients with to information regarding treatment and clinical trials. (more…)


Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVD

16 Mar 2018 by under News, People

stevemcqueen 100x100 Steve McQueen mesothelioma movie now available on digital DVDThe movie Steve McQueen: American Icon, the story of the American actor called the “King of Cool,” is now available on digital DVD. The “bad boy” actor was one of the highest paid actors in the 1970s, and went on to star in movies likes The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. But his career was unexpectedly cut short after he was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s. He died in 1981. (more…)


Asbestos Awareness PSA highlights ‘killer you can’t see’

9 Mar 2018 by under News

asbestos warning 100x100 Asbestos Awareness PSA highlights killer you cant seeA 30-second public service announcement (PSA) video, “Asbestos: The Killer You Can’t See,” captures the tragic reality about deadly through hand-drawn animation by Chocolate Moose Media. The PSA reveals how a young girl loses her father to , highlighting the insidious and nearly invisible fibers that caused his death. (more…)


Companion bill introduced to asbestos ban act

7 Mar 2018 by under News

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Companion bill introduced to asbestos ban actCongresswoman Susan Bonamici (D-OR), along with cosponsors Reps. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Paul Tonko (D-NY), introduced a House companion bill to The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2017 (), aimed at expediting a ban on imports and use of the carcinogen, both now and the future. ARBAN was introduced in the Senate in November 2017. (more…)


Global Asbestos Awareness Week planned for April 1-7

5 Mar 2018 by under Events, News

1024px The Earth seen from Apollo 17 100x100 Global Asbestos Awareness Week planned for April 1 7The 14th annual Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW) has been scheduled for April 1-7, 2018, according to the Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), an education, advocacy and community action group.

The week focuses on awareness and prevention with each day featuring different educational resources from leading organizations, blogs, videos and asbestos victims’ stories, some of which have been translated into six different languages for global distribution. The week culminates on April 7 with an online worldwide candlelight vigil. (more…)