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Is Naturally Occurring Asbestos a Hazard in Road Construction?

Mesothelioma Attorneys Look at an Unusual Situation When we hear about asbestos in our environment, many of us are understandably worried. It has been drilled into our heads that asbestos, which was once used in building materials, is a terribly dangerous material and we must do everything we can to get it out of our schools, offices and homes. This is all true. Additionally, we must also remember asbestos is not some horrific chemical abomination dreamed up by evil scientists in labs and unleashed upon an unsuspecting populace. Asbestos occurs in nature, with active mines everywhere from Russia to Brazil. Asbestos is identifiable by its long, slim, white fibers, and has desired properties like excellent sound absorption and resistance to fire, heat and chemical damage, as well as being very abundant and affordable. However, asbestos causes respiratory problems like scarred and inflamed lungs and a form of cancer called mesothelioma….
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Why is Surgery Not Available for Certain Mesothelioma Patients?

Asbestos Lawyers Discuss a Shocking Study A study involving more than 1,500 peritoneal mesothelioma patients was recently made public by Surviving Mesothelioma, and revealed the shocking fact that nearly 62 percent of its participants failed to receive surgical treatment when they need it. This means these patients unnecessarily lost out on years of survival. For far too many mesothelioma patients, surgical treatment options exist—but are not being made readily available. While the advantages are obvious, surgery is often simply not being offered. “You can see the missed opportunity here,” said one doctor. “Surgery is a really good option. But I think too often, it’s not being…recommended.” Pulling from almost forty years’ worth of data, surgical oncologists at the Medical College of Wisconsin examined survival statistics for peritoneal mesothelioma patients diagnosed between 1973 and 2010. According to their findings, those patients who received surgery as a treatment lived an average of…
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Does Smoking Increase Mesothelioma Risk?

It is an unfortunate fact that many people who historically worked around asbestos also smoked cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes was the norm throughout the second half of the twentieth century, and it was not until relatively recently that the public became aware of the extreme health risks of cigarettes. According to a recent study by the Cancer Center of Amsterdam, smoking increases the risk of developing mesothelioma or other lung cancers for individuals who were subjected to asbestos exposure. “The risk of development of lung cancer was higher for anyone with increased years of exposure to asbestos fiber combined with a smoking habit,” said one of the lead researchers. While smoking tends to cause different forms of lung cancers than asbestos exposure, research indicates that the dual presence of tobacco-related carcinogens and asbestos has a multiplicative effect. How Does Smoking Increase Mesothelioma Risk? Mesothelioma is caused by the inhalation of asbestos…
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