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Asbestos and mesothelioma: A brief history

Millions of Americans across the U.S. have suffered exposure to the asbestos fibers that cause the fatal conditions mesothelioma, lung cancer, other cancers, and asbestosis. In addition, workers who came home from the shipyards, construction sites, and factories with the dust on their clothes, skin, and hair also exposed their spouses and children -- many who have now been diagnosed with asbestos-related disease, themselves.

What is the history behind how this deadly material entered the American industrial scene and when was it first linked to cancers such as mesothelioma or lung cancer, or to asbestosis?

More workers are exposed to asbestos than you might think

For many, asbestos seems like a problem of the past. Unfortunately, asbestos remains a danger for many workers. The U.S. remains a large importer of raw asbestos. It is still used in industrial manufacturing processes.

And workers in a variety of industries continue to be exposed. Unfortunately, many of these workers are unaware of the danger.

U.S. Government Sues Small Montana Town over Asbestos in Water

The U.S. Department of Justice sued the water and sewer department for the small Montana town of Jackson after asbestos, arsenic, pesticides, and radium were found in the water. Specific charges include contamination, failure to monitor, and failure to provide public notice after the harmful substances were found (Dunlap, 2018).

Asbestos Riddles Government Buildings in Austin

The City of Austin is reviewing their policies on asbestos after finding "numerous failures and deficiencies that may have led to exposures" at four government departments within the past two years (Barer, 2018). Recent reviews found that the City's plan specifically lacked people to manage the asbestos and the knowledge of how to test, remove, and handle asbestos.

American Society of Clinical Oncology Publishes Guidelines for Mesothelioma

For the first time, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has published guidelines that address "all aspects of clinical management" related to malignant pleural mesothelioma (Oppenheimer, 2018). They have determined the main form of treatment should be chemotherapy since most patients diagnosed with the disease are beyond the point where the cancer can be fully removed surgically. For those with tumors that are able to be surgically removed, ASCO recommends the inclusion of chemotherapy to their treatment, with or without radiation.

Young Adults and Children Being Diagnosed with Mesothelioma

Asbestos related diseases have an average latency period of 10 to 80 years with most victims diagnosed in their 60s and 70s, so it is rare to see young adults and children developing mesothelioma. Late last year, a 23-year-old female was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma (Tanner, 2018), a fatal cancer of the peritoneum that surrounds the organs in the abdominal region. Her doctors believe that asbestos entered her body through inhalation and ingestion around the age of three. After 10 hours of operation and chemotherapy treatment, her doctors are hopeful that her prognosis can be extended for several years.

Asbestos found in makeup products marketed to children and teens

A few days before Christmas, a recall announcement raised concerns for many parents. Claire's, a popular retailer that sells accessories, beauty products, and jewelry to girls and young women, decided to pull some of its makeup products after a Rhode Island television station aired a story that quickly gained national attention. A woman contacted the station after claiming that she sent a makeup kit her daughter had received as a gift to a laboratory and the results indicated the presence of termolite asbestos.

The federal Food and Drug Administration prohibits the use of tremolite asbestos in talc or other cosmetic products because it is a carcinogen that causes mesothelioma and lung cancer. Claire's issued a statement from its headquarters in Pembroke Pines, Florida, calling for the removal of certain products until an outside laboratory could perform tests. This news came after another company that markets to tweens and teens had withdrawn makeup products earlier this year when an independent lab found similar results.

Montana sets up special mesothelioma claims court

Libby, Montana, included one of the nation’s largest vermiculite mining sites. In the years since the mines closed, thousands of former workers, their spouses and residents have developed mesothelioma, the deadly cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust. Thousands have died from asbestos-related diseases.

The Libby mining operation remains one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in the nation’s history.

Types of Lung Cancer, Stages, and Treatment Options

lung-cancer-types-stages-treatment.jpgNovember is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and our blog has been focused on different questions related to this deadly disease. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer, but it is the most deadly as it will kill approximately 155,000 people this year. Today we will be discussing the different types of lung cancer and treatment options available for those who have already been diagnosed. Cancer treatment plans should be agreed upon by both the doctor and the patient. According to the Mayo Clinic, treatment plans are affected by some key factors, including:

  • Type and stage of cancer
  • Overall health
  • Personal preferences of the patient

How Do Doctors Detect and Diagnose Lung Cancer?

x-ray-image-568241_1280.jpgIn honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we are sharing a series of posts on our blog as part of our effort to inform others about the dangers of this deadly cancer. In previous posts, we have discussed the toxic substances (such as smoking, asbestos, and other chemicals) that can cause lung cancer, who is typically at risk of developing it, and what actions can be taken to mitigate risk. For at-risk individuals, early detection is important as it can be a deciding factor in the prognosis and treatment. For these reasons, heavy smokers or individuals who have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos, radon, diesel fumes, or other toxic carcinogens are encouraged to get screened before symptoms occur.