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New study examines environmental asbestos exposure

Britain's mesothelioma rate is the highest in the world, which makes it an ideal location to study environmental exposure to asbestos. In the UK, incidents of the disease are especially prevalent among those over age 70. It often takes more than 35 years after initial exposure to asbestos for cancer to develop.

In The Inhaled Particle Study (TIPS), South Thames Multicentre Research Committee looked at the link between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma risks among construction workers and the general population in the UK.

Be aware of the signs of asbestos exposure

The problem with asbestos exposure is that it can take decades before you are aware of the damage it may have caused.

Remember, it takes long-term exposure to asbestos to create a problem and even then, only about 20 percent develop a serious problem. But if you worked with asbestos and are worried you may have asbestosis, mesothelioma or lung cancer, there are steps you can take.

New study links asbestos-heavy Navy jobs to mesothelioma deaths

A recent study by Vanderbilt University found a significantly higher rate of mesothelioma mortality among Navy veterans who worked in areas that had a high potential for asbestos exposure.

While the link between asbestos and mesothelioma has been known for years, the study offers stark correlation between cause and effect.

Washington fines home-flippers for exposing workers to asbestos

Asbestos makes headlines when it involves large settlements or household name brands. But the dangerous impact of asbestos exposure remains prevalent in everyday work environments. A pair of business owners found out that recklessly endangering workers can still lead to significant consequences, as they are facing significant fines and sanctions for putting people in harm’s way.

According to reports, the Washington Department of Labor & Industries has leveled fines of nearly $800,000 against James Thorpe, Chris Walters and a pair of corporations for 11 counts of willful violations of improper and unsafe asbestos abatement and handling. Following four investigations, the Washington Department of Labor has cited the two businessmen in conjunction with asbestos mismanagement that placed workers at risk during a home-flipping renovation site in Seattle.

More judges added to Libby asbestos lawsuits

Six judges were recently added in Montana due to the backlog of asbestos-related cases swelling court dockets.

Mining despite fatal risks to workers and residents

After almost two decades since the town of Libby, Montana, made national headlines as one of the worst environmental mining disasters in history, many victims and their families have yet to find a light at the end of the tunnel. The harms inflicted on townspeople and visitors stems from vermiculite mining operations that initially helped the small community flourish. But the materials pulled from Libby-area mining was rife with asbestos and has reportedly been attributed to hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses.

10-minute cancer test holds promise for mesothelioma victims

Scientists have developed a simple, cheap test for cancer that is 90 percent accurate. The test holds promise for early detection – a particularly troublesome problem with mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma can take up to 50 years after exposure to develop, leaving those who have worked with products containing asbestos to wonder for years if they will develop cancer. The problem is worse for people who don’t know they’ve been exposed to asbestos and live for years unaware of the cancer growing in the linings of their organs.

Is a patient registry coming for mesothelioma?

Thousands of people die every year from mesothelioma. The deadly disease is notoriously difficult to treat, although medical advancements have improved patient outlook. Several novel treatments are also currently being studied and show promise.

Yet much work needs to be done. To advance treatment and better research the disease, some advocates have pushed for a national mesothelioma registry list. This registry would contain all patients diagnosed with mesothelioma, which could potentially help researchers further understand the disease. It may also provide patients with the tools needed to combat the disease, such as helping patients find clinical trials to participate in.

Longest-running asbestos cleanup project winds down

After hundreds of deaths, thousands of property cleanups and millions of dollars spent on abatement and in settlements, then end to the longest-running asbestos cleanup project in the U.S. is near.

For 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has worked to clean up the remnants of W.R. Grace’s vermiculite mine in Libby, Montana. The EPA is scheduled to hand over the project to the state’s environmental agency within the year.

A push for more asbestos oversight fails

Asbestos watchdog organizations believe the U.S. is failing to properly monitor a surge in asbestos imports. 

Recently, the EPA rejected a petition to increase public transparency regarding asbestos imports and usage by manufacturers. Despite the marked increase in asbestos flowing into the country, the EPA declined the request from a coalition of environmental organizations.

Breath test brings promise to mesothelioma diagnosis

Cancer researchers in Great Britain are testing a new device that can detect cancer with a simple breath test. While the tests are not currently targeting patients at risk for mesothelioma, researchers say the test could easily be adapted to include the disease.

The breath biopsy machine, designed by researchers with Owlstone Medical and undergoing clinical trials at the Cancer Research United Kingdom Cambridge Institute, can screen for signature molecules that can detect a variety of cancers.

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