Asbestos Lautenberg Act

Lautenberg Act and Asbestos – EPA Evaluation of Asbestos Risk

The passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act in June 2016 was widely lauded for providing the first real chance to advance a total ban on asbestos-containing products in the United States since 1989. While most people believe that the use of asbestos has been banned in the U.S. since the 1970s, in reality, U.S. manufacturers still import and use hundreds of tons of asbestos Continue reading “Lautenberg Act and Asbestos – EPA Evaluation of Asbestos Risk”

Genetics May Affect Mesothelioma

How Genetics May Affect Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a particularly virulent type of cancer with one known cause – exposure to asbestos fibers. Approximately 80 percent of diagnosed mesothelioma cases can be definitively linked to asbestos exposure, generally over a long period of time, and usually in an occupational setting. However, not everyone who was exposed to asbestos develops the deadly cancer but genetics may affect mesothelioma. Researchers estimate that between 2 and 10 percent of those with heavy, long-term exposure to asbestos eventually develop pleural mesothelioma, which is the most common type of the cancer. Continue reading “How Genetics May Affect Mesothelioma”

Global Asbestos Trade Continues to Grow Despite Calls for a Universal Ban

Asbestos, an umbrella term that applies to minerals that form fine fibers when broken or crushed, has been known to cause mesothelioma and other cancers since the 1960s. Most industrialized nations have banned asbestos trade and use, but there are notable exceptions, among them some of the fastest growing economies in the world. While most people believe that the dangers of asbestos exposure has declined, thanks to the widely publicized bans in the United States, Canada, Australia and other Continue reading “Global Asbestos Trade Continues to Grow Despite Calls for a Universal Ban”

Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know

For someone facing a diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma, cancer clinical trials often present the best chance for improving their prognosis and living a longer, more comfortable life. This is especially true now, as researchers and doctors around the world are making fundamental discoveries about the role that genetics plays in both the development of cancer and the possibility of developing effective, targeted and individualized treatments for mesothelioma and other cancers. There are currently dozens of clinical Continue reading “Cancer Clinical Trials – What You Need to Know”

Asbestos Around the House

Asbestos continues to be a concern because of its widespread use during the 1900s for both residential and commercial construction. While the dangers of asbestos have been widely known for centuries, the asbestos industry conspired to hide its hazards from the government and consumers for decades. Because of this – and because of the building booms of the early and mid 20th centuries – asbestos made its way into millions of homes. In 2011, The Guardian, a UK newspaper, estimated that more than 50% of Continue reading “Asbestos Around the House”