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Asbestos Production on the Rise in Developing Countries, Russia #1

It is estimated that 55 countries around the world have banned the use of asbestos. Others have imposed strict regulations and safety protocols on the use and eradication of the mineral. Still, at last count there were 193 independent countries on the planet, leaving 138 that have not imposed an all-out ban on asbestos. This  Continue Reading »

Silica Microparticle Shows Promise for Treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma

Malignant mesothelioma(s) are cancerous tumors of the lining of the pleura (lung and chest cavity), caused exclusively by asbestos exposure. Many believed that only long-term exposure to asbestos caused malignant mesothelioma, but it is now known that even short-term and second-hand exposure to asbestos dust can cause this aggressive and debilitating disease. The latency period  Continue Reading »

Mesothelioma Prognosis Part Three: Looking to the Future

Patients that have been diagnosed early, and only have the parietal pleura affected, have a good chance of survival with 70 percent of patients living for five years or more. A mesothelioma diagnosis doesn’t have to be treated like a death sentence.  Although mesothelioma is an aggressive disease, when caught in its early stages, the  Continue Reading »

Mesothelioma Prognosis Part Two: How to Improve Life Expectancy

A promising 9% of mesothelioma patients survive five years or more. How did they do it? Well, they didn’t do it alone. As a follow up to Mesothelioma Prognosis Part One: Treatment, we are discussing how one improves life expectancy in this Part Two article. While most asbestos use and production ceased in the U.S.  Continue Reading »

NIOSH Study Finds Firefighters at Higher Risk for Mesothelioma

A study led by The National Institute for Occupational and Safety and Health (NIOSH), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the Department of Public Health Sciences in the University of California at Davis, examined the relationship between firefighting and cancer. The findings, published online in the peer-reviewed journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine (OEM),  Continue Reading »