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3300 New Mesothelioma Cases Each Year in the United States

3300_mesothelioma_cases_per_year.jpgAsbestos is a naturally-occurring, fibrous mineral that has been used in various consumer products for decades. In fact, its use dates back more than 4,000 years ago. However, starting in the late 1800s, it became well understood in medicine, science, and industry that asbestos dust from any source was deadly. In addition, many asbestos manufacturers were aware of the serious health issues surrounding asbestos but kept the information secret.

Massachusetts Home With Asbestos Siding Carelessly Demolished

demolition_asbestos.jpgLocal residents in Wilmington, Massachusetts are concerned and angry that a home with asbestos siding was demolished, sending toxic dust all around neighboring homes. The contractor who received the demolition permit from the town "went rogue" and illegally moved forward with demolition plans before an asbestos professional could do a proper inspection. Local residents immediately contacted the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, who was able to stop the demolition that same day.

Sadly, improper demolition of asbestos-ridden homes and buildings is not uncommon. There are many situations where asbestos regulations are not enforced until it is too late, similar to this situation in Wilmington. According to reports, Town Manager Jeff Hull claimed there was no process in place for handling asbestos, and that they were "going on the honor system and unfortunately...got taken advantage of."

How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Harmful? There Is No Safe Amount.

harmful-asbestos-exposure.jpgIf you are wondering how long you can be exposed to asbestos before it becomes harmful, the truth is that there is no "safe" level of asbestos exposure. Asbestos can cause cancer and chronic respiratory diseases after any asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested. Generally, these diseases take a long time to develop after exposure, with symptoms appearing anywhere between 10 to 80 years later.

Asbestos Exposure Can Happen Anywhere

Most people have been exposed to relatively lower levels of asbestos fibers at some point during in their lifetimes, typically from the asbestos contamination in the outside ambient air and inside background air that we breathe. In addition, people who are exposed to relatively higher amounts of asbestos fibers from their work, construction projects, hobbies, or coming into contact with someone else who has been occupationally exposed to asbestos have a more increased risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. Each exposure from any source in any amount contributes to your total lifetime dose of asbestos, which increases your risk for developing an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, and other cancers.

National Grief Awareness Day: Supporting Those Who Have Lost

mesothelioma_case_grief_awareness.jpgAugust 30th of this year is National Grief Awareness Day. It is an opportunity and a reminder to raise awareness of the impact that death and loss can have on us. Millions of people across the nation have lost someone they love, and now is the time to support them. One of the goals of National Grief Awareness Day is to help remove the stigma surrounding grief and death. It is important for those grieving to feel that they are not alone, and they do not need to feel ashamed of the feelings they have surrounding the events of loss.

Our blog focuses on individuals and families afflicted by mesothelioma. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive cancer leaving the diagnosed individual with a very short lifespan. Many pass away just a few months after receiving a diagnosis, leaving behind devastated spouses and children. In many cases, the affected individuals can file a claim to receive compensation as a way to ease some of the pain and suffering from the loss. Mesothelioma cases are unique in that the only known cause of the disease is exposure to asbestos, so experienced attorneys can often decipher exactly who is responsible for the exposure.

How Long Does it Take for Mesothelioma to Develop?

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If you have been exposed to asbestos during your lifetime, you are at risk for developing a deadly, incurable cancer known as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, mesothelioma has a latency period, meaning it takes a long time to develop. Clinical mesothelioma symptoms usually do not begin to manifest until 15 to 70 years after asbestos exposure. For this reason, mesothelioma is exceptionally rare in individuals younger than the age of 45.

The latency period for each patient is unique, so mesothelioma cancers may develop quicker in some than others. There is a direct correlation between the amount of exposure and the risk of getting mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Chemo Success Predicted by Folic Acid Metabolism

operation-540597_427.jpgMesothelioma is an aggressive, incurable form of cancer caused by ongoing exposure to asbestos. Although it can be decades before a patient exhibits any symptoms, once they surface, the average survival rate is 18 months following an initial diagnosis. The most common form is Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM), which occurs when a tumor develops in the pleura (a thin, translucent organ that surrounds and protects the lungs). The tumor destroys the pleura, crushing the lungs and causing fluid to build up. This process typically burdens the patient with great pain, shortness of breath, and a cough.

Town Has High Hopes for Redevelopment After Asbestos Removal

The small town of Vienna, WV is one step closer to completing the cleanup of an abandoned Johns Manville plant. The former fiberglass production facility sits on 33 acres of land and has been an eyesore for the local residents since it was shut down in 2008. This has been an ongoing project that started in 2014 when the Vienna City Council approved an ordinance allowing the City to purchase the property from the previous owner, a development firm. Vienna's mayor and a city council member had the opportunity to walk through the property with a remediation specialist. It was clear that the previous owners had improperly demolished structures, leaving piles of asbestos-contaminated debris behind. The debris has been successfully removed, but there are still structures on the site that will eventually be removed, including a smokestack, an office building, and a small warehouse. Residents would eventually like to repurpose a large portion of the area for residential use.

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Photo: Mike Tewkesbury on Flickr | Taken on January 9, 2014
Abandoned Johns Manville plant in Vienna, WV

Mesothelioma Treatment Options: Clinical Trials

There are many clinical trials out there offering hope to asbestos victims. Clinical trials exist to study the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and procedures to treat the various asbestos-related diseases. 

California Mesothelioma & Cancer Medical Centers

A medical professional can help determine which one is right for you and your particular set of symptoms. Fortunately, there are mesothelioma doctors all over California. No matter where you are located in the state, there is help nearby.

We have a list of California medical centers available on our website so you can find a doctor close to you. Here are a few doctors to get you started on your search: