Category Archives: Asbestosis

Colon Cancer Due to Occupational Asbestos Exposure

Does asbestos cause colon cancer?  Many people call our office with this question.  They know that mesothelioma is amongst the most common types of cancers as a result of asbestos exposure.  In fact, mesothelioma is even referred to as “asbestos cancer” as it’s only known cause is asbestos exposure.  Many callers also know that lung cancer is a very common type of cancer that can be caused in part by asbestos exposure.  Indeed, it is estimated that occupational asbestos exposure has led to 5-7% of the lung cancer cases in the United States. But many potential clients simply do not realize that asbestos exposure can also cause colon or colorectal cancer. This type of tumor is a gastrointestinal cancer that causes cancer of the large intestine or rectum and it is one of the most common forms of cancer in the country.  It is estimated that deaths due to colon…
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Asbestos Diseases and Aluminum Workers

The first aluminum was manufactured in France in the 19th century. It was so rare and highly prized that Napoleon III served his most honored guests using aluminum utensils. Aluminum was so rare and expensive it was even chosen as the capstone for the Washington Monument when it was completed in 1884. In 1888, the technology to manufacture aluminum was first brought to the United States. The process used to mass manufacture aluminum required extreme heat to create the molten metal.  Thus almost immediately a key concern in manufacturing aluminum was how to insulate various components of the manufacturing process. Asbestos is probably the world’s finest heat insulator. It is a naturally-occurring mineral and had been mined for centuries.  Unfortunately, it’s health effects were not yet appreciated fully. Asbestos miners in the ancient world did develop lung diseases. Because many of these miners were slaves (for example in the Roman…
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Discovery of Asbestos and Mold Prompts a Building Evacuation in Seguin

[map id=”map7509″ w=”375″ h=”375″ address=”Seguin, TX” marker=”no” z=”14″]   A judge recently ordered the closure of the Texas Agricultural Building in Seguin after asbestos and mold were discovered in the facility. The windows of the building were boarded up after an attorney sent a letter to the county judge warning that the county could be held responsible for exposing employees and citizens to toxic minerals in the facility. After realizing the danger of the situation, the judge took immediate steps to protect the building’s employees and called an emergency meeting to discuss a plan of action. Records revealed that back in 2011, a construction worker had fallen through the building’s asbestos-containing roof. Although repairs were made, they were insufficient and actually increased the chances of asbestos exposure. Officials also noted that there is a problem with chipped floor tiles in one of the building’s meeting rooms, due to the tiles…
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