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The Effects of Secondhand Exposure

The carcinogenic qualities of asbestos have affected hard working individuals who worked in industrial, chemical, electrical, and other trade settings for decades. Airborne asbestos fibers, once inhaled, can lead to many asbestos-related illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma. What many may not know is the increase in secondhand exposure among spouses, children, and other family members due to the fact that workers would often carry home these invisible fibers – contaminating their entire house hold. Men are more likely to be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease because on average, more men worked in asbestos-contaminated industries. However, over the...

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Top 5 Occupations at Risk for Asbestos Exposure

One of the most common forms of asbestos exposure is occupational, rather than environmental. Its durability, affordability, and fire-resistant qualities made it a “jack-of-all-trades” material that could be used in many lines of work.  Certain occupations were more at risk than others during the rise of the asbestos industry in the early to mid-twentieth century. The following are the top five high risk positions for asbestos exposure: Railroad worker Asbestos was used throughout much of the railroad industry, especially when railroad travel became a popular mode of transportation. Asbestos was used for insulation on steam and diesel locomotives, steam generators, pipe...

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Progress In The Fight To Ban Asbestos

The Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward in accordance with the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and naming asbestos, as well as nine other chemicals the first that will come under review for new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation. In June 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act as an amendment to the TSCA – a law that went into effect in 1976 after years of discovering common chemicals such as DDT and CFCs were harmful. For decades, loopholes in the TSCA has kept asbestos and other...

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Determining If There Is Asbestos In Your Home

If your home was built before 1980, then your home may contain asbestos. Asbestos was commonly used throughout the 20th century in household building materials such as roofing, siding, insulation, flooring and much more.  As asbestos lawsuits accrued and the dangers of asbestos became known, the carcinogen ceased being used in homes, but the lingering effects of such a widespread product continues to pose a threat to families. Asbestos found in the home today should be removed if possible, but since it hasn’t been used in such mass quantities for a generation, one might find it difficult in identifying the...

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November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Exposure to asbestos can cause severe and life-threatening illnesses such as lung cancer. November is national lung cancer awareness month and if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer and were exposed to asbestos, you may be entitled to compensation. Lung cancer was the first cancer to be linked to asbestos exposure. When asbestos fibers become airborne, they are easier to inhale and can become trapped inside the lung. As the fibers work themselves deeper into the tissue of the lungs, the infected areas develop inflammation and scarring. The once normal cells begin to change and cluster...

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The First Case of Pulmonary Asbestosis

Asbestosis, a severe and life threatening disease, is directly linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibers. In asbestosis, these fibers make their way to one’s lungs and become embedded in the inner tissue. The tissue then scars causing “fibrosis.”  Once the tissue begins to scar, it then starts to harden which stops the flow of oxygen; making it hard for the patient to breathe. It can take between 10 and 40 years to develop asbestosis. We know so much about asbestosis now – the symptoms, the treatment, and the cause, but back in the early 20th century it took the...

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Asbestos Use Dates Back to 2400 B.C.

While asbestos use is heavily regulated in the United States and illegal in most other countries, there was a time when the asbestos industry prospered and many homes, buildings, and products contained some type of asbestos material. Many homes and buildings built before 1980 contain the fire-retardant material that was used for insulation, roofing, flooring, and drywall joint compound. Other asbestos containing products included gaskets, brake pads, vinyl table covers, and even some children’s toys. Even though the rise and fall of asbestos can be attributed to the last 150 years or so, many do not know that asbestos use...

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Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. Participates in Mesothelioma Awareness Day

The attorneys and staff at Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. (GPW) proudly took part in raising awareness for Mesothelioma Awareness Day on September 26, 2016. Employees at GPW wore blue in support of the cause and through a series of fundraising events and activities that happened throughout the week, GPW was able to raise over $2,000 to donate to the Mesothelioma Awareness Research Foundation (MARF). Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Airborne asbestos fibers can be small, sharp, nearly invisible to the naked eye, and can have devastating effects if inhaled.  Asbestos fibers can become embedded in...

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Properties in Red Wine Could Help Fight Mesothelioma

Combining different types of treatment when it comes to treating mesothelioma is common because of how aggressive the cancer can be. While some treatments do prove to be effective, the overall prognosis of an individual with this asbestos-related cancer remains dim. A recent study done in Korea carefully evaluated the combination of  cisplatin, a common chemotherapy drug for treating mesothelioma, and resveratrol, a polyphenol that comes from the skin of grapes and can be found in red wine. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The thin, almost invisible asbestos fibers are easily inhaled and can become embedded in...

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The Introduction of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016, S.3427

The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act of 2016 S.3427 was introduced to the Senate on September 28, 2016. Supported by Senator Barbara Boxer, this bill was read and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Its purpose is to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to potentially have asbestos banned in the United States. If passed, it would prohibit manufacturing, processing, use, distribution and disposal of asbestos. Asbestos is a known carcinogen that had widespread use throughout the 20th century in the United States and around the world. Asbestos fibers are strong, fire resistant, abundant, and cheap,...

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