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Study Finds That Melanoma Risk May Be Reduced Taking Painkillers

According to Reuters, a new study is suggesting that a class of painkillers known as no steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs could play a role in reducing the risk of melanoma. A large 2008 study failed to find any sufficient evidence to support this probability, but a smaller study found that taking these drugs, particularly aspirin at least once a week for more than 5 years, may have offered protection against the disease. The co-author of the 2008 study, Dr. Maryam Asgari of Kaiser Permanente Northern California, said that the findings are interesting but should not turn people to taking painkillers in hopes of reducing their risk of skin cancer. NSAIDs, which include aspirin, Aleve and ibuprofen have side effects, the doctor reminds. Individuals with a family history of melanoma are also better off wearing sunscreen regularly and getting skin checks from a dermatologist, she further recommends. Other research on NSAIDs found…
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Mesothelioma Symptoms

It can take decades after asbestos exposure before mesothelioma symptoms appear. Its symptoms usually manifest 20 to 50 years after initial asbestos exposure. By that time, the cancer is already present and the symptoms can resemble a less serious condition. As a result, many mesothelioma patients are unaware of the condition’s lethal nature. Asbestos exposure is the main cause of mesothelioma, and early diagnosis can increase life expectancy. Tell your doctor if you have a history of asbestos exposure and learn to recognize the warning signs. Treatment for mesothelioma is expensive, and an experienced mesothelioma lawyer can inform you of your legal options for financial recovery. Pleural Mesothelioma and Peritoneal Mesothelioma The mesothelium is the internal membrane that protects several of the body’s organs, including the chest cavity and abdominal cavity. Mesothelioma attacks this protective covering causing discomfort in the lungs and abdominal area. Pleural mesothelioma is most common and…
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Are Firefighters at Risk for Mesothelioma?

Collapsing buildings and rooftop rescues are not the only hazards to firefighters’ health. A recent study conducted by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California at Davis illustrates the risks that firefighters face after decades of exposure to harmful chemicals. Most notably, the researchers found that urban firefighters developed cancer significantly more often than the rest of the U.S. population. Such a finding begs the question of what specific factors of the occupation contribute to increased cancer rates. Are Firefighters At A Higher Risk For Cancer? The researchers found that firefighters are twice as likely to develop mesothelioma compared to the average American. Researchers concluded that the high rates of mesothelioma are linked to asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is an aggressive disease that can develops on the lungs’ outer lining as a result of breathing microscopic asbestos fibers. Firefighters are most at risk for inhaling asbestos while sifting through…
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Childhood Exposure to Asbestos: What Actions a Parent can Take

Testing of thousands of children’s toys has revealed that the toys have been tainted with asbestos. Common household products and children’s toys have been tested by an asbestos awareness group, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). These toys are being sold throughout the country. The children’s toys in question include the following: CSI: Fingerprint Examination Kit Ja Ru Toy Clay Art Skills’ Clay Bucket Additional household products that contain asbestos include: Scotch High Performance and All Weather Duct tapes DAP Crack Shot Spackling Paste DAP 33 Window Glazing and Gardner Leak Stopper Despite the strict federal regulations that are set in place in order to protect children from hazardous products, these toys still contain asbestos, sometimes in trace amounts. Parents often assume that products marketed to children will be safe, but the ADAO has proven that children are at risk for serious illnesses. Results of Asbestos Exposure Asbestos exposure has been…
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Could an Innovative Mesothelioma Treatment Improve Survival Rates?

Our Mesothelioma Lawyers Discuss Cutting-Edge Treatments Doctors in Toronto are trailblazing a new method to treat some types of mesothelioma, which may offer hope to those suffering from the life-threatening cancer. Because mesothelioma appears many years after the asbestos exposure occurs, individuals will likely continue to be diagnosed with the disease for many decades to come. This drives researchers to find groundbreaking ways of fighting the condition, and this new treatment may be the most effective method for treating mesothelioma available to date. Is There a New Mesothelioma Treatment? Physicians made a simple adjustment to conventional mesothelioma treatment by giving patients radiation before surgery rather than afterwards. They call the technique “Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy,” or SMART. This unconventional approach may have already saved the lives of many mesothelioma victims. Much of the treatment centers on acting quickly. Typically, patients have to wait several months for intervention, but…
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Is the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2013” Helpful or Harmful to Victims of Asbestos Exposure?

The Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT) of 2013 is an amendment to the bankruptcy code that requires asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The trusts were created for the benefit of asbestos exposure victims, and FACT now requires them to file quarterly reports with the bankruptcy courts to identify those who have filed claims and how much money was paid out. The Hill reports that these trusts were first created in 1994 when Congress amended the bankruptcy code to allow their setup.  According to the Government Accountability Office, by 2010, bankrupt companies and their insurers had funded these trusts with $36 billion and paid out over $17.5 billion. Why Create the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2013”? Due to the fact that the asbestos bankruptcy trusts have been privately controlled, there was no way to tell how much of the money was being paid out to legitimate claims and how much…
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