The fact that microscopic asbestos fibers caused mesothelioma and asbestos-lung cancer may have come as a shock generations ago, but scientists and safety regulators have known for decades that other airborne particulates carry the same risk. With substantial profits to be gained through the use of these products, however, there continues to be resistance to regulation -- or even to appropriate safety measures being taken.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, just completed a major study on the risk faced by firefighters of contracting mesothelioma and other cancers. Unfortunately, the study found the group suffers from all forms of cancer at a higher rate than the national average. And, for the first time, the study documented the long-suspected increased risk of mesothelioma among firefighters.
A recent study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that coal tar-based asphalt sealants commonly used to update residential driveways and commercial parking lots contains an ingredient that may cause cancer, especially in children. According to the study, the black sealcoat is essentially a chemical compound called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, in concentrated form. PAH is known to cause cancer.
Mesothelioma is a terrible disease for many reasons. Not only does it cause severe pain and discomfort in those afflicted with it, but it also comes with a dismal rate of survival. Following a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is rare to survive more than a couple of years. This is one of the reasons that victims of asbestos exposure should be given every opportunity to be compensated for their pain and suffering.
Mesothelioma is a serious cancer that attacks the ultra thin membrane that lines the chest and abdomen. Mesothelioma is caused by long term exposure to asbestos fibers that are breathed into the body. The most common type of the cancer is Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma or MPM which affects the lungs and often requires drastic surgical treatment or painful radiation or chemotherapy.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., there is much reflection taking place throughout the country on the day, the attacks, and their aftermath. According to a recently released study, researchers have uncovered yet another unfortunate result of the 9/11 attacks: an increase in mesothelioma cancers and similar diseases in those who performed rescue and recovery in the minutes and months following the attack.