Communication is Vital to Life Post-Diagnosis

Posted on April 24th, 2017 by

If you have received a diagnosis of mesothelioma—a form of cancer which results from exposure to asbestos—then you are likely going through a very stressful time in your life. One of the primary things you must remember is that clear communication is essential, in your home, with your doctor, and with your attorney. First, let’s discuss how communication can make a huge difference in your interactions with your doctor. Doctor-Patient Communication If you are like most people, you have probably experienced moments of miscommunication while at a doctor’s appointment. After all, it can feel as though physicians and those they […]

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What Does Asbestos Look Like? A Short Field Guide

Posted on April 10th, 2017 by

Most of us are aware that asbestos can be dangerous, and can potentially cause mesothelioma—a very serious type of cancer. Asbestos is a fibrous material, mined from the ground, and mixed with many different materials to provide fire-proofing, insulation and strength. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to easily identify asbestos, and asbestos is not always marked as such. Asbestos was frequently used in the building and construction industry because of its heat- resistant capabilities, until it was finally banned in 1999. This means that there are hundreds of thousands of homes & businesses built prior to 2000 which may […]

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Does Asbestos Exposure Cause COPD?

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by

As a person that has been exposed to asbestos, you run the risk of developing a variety of different diseases. With the harmful nature of this mineral, and the large number of related conditions, it can make it difficult to keep it all straight. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at COPD – one of the many conditions that can affect those who have been exposed to asbestos. What is COPD? COPD is short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. With this respiratory condition, you may experience shortness of breath, coughing, tightness in the chest, and […]

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Asbestos to Finally Be Illegal? How We Got Here

Posted on March 10th, 2017 by

We all know that asbestos is harmful to human health. But even with this knowledge, the march to completely banning it has been tough. There are groups that benefit financially from its continued use, and this has made it easier for some to turn a blind eye. With that said, there are some signs that change is on the way. Before we consider what might come in the future, we think it is important to look back at past efforts that have been made to regulate the use of asbestos and protect people from its harmful effects. Timeline of US […]

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Asbestosis vs. Mesothelioma: 5 Facts You Need to Know

Posted on February 27th, 2017 by

Thousands of people die every year from asbestos-related diseases. Several conditions can be linked to asbestos exposure, and this can lead to some confusion as to what the different conditions are, and the effects that they have on people that have to live with them. To clear up some of the confusion, we are going to take a look at asbestosis and mesothelioma to explain the things that they have in common, and some of the ways that they differ. Both are Caused By Exposure to Asbestos The first thing to understand about these two conditions is that they are […]

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Canada Moves to Ban Asbestos, Why Not the US?

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by

Since the dangers of asbestos are well known, many countries have already banned the use of the mineral. However, some countries are still lagging behind. Just recently, the Canadian government finally made the final move to ban the use of asbestos, and this has many in the United States asking when it is going to be our time to accept reality and follow suit. What Led to Canada’s Asbestos Ban The asbestos industry has a long history in Canada, and it has been a complicated journey from where it all started to asbestos finally being banned. Asbestos mining first began […]

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Risk Factors for Mesothelioma

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by

Mesothelioma is a dangerous disease that includes many risk factors. It is a cancer of the lungs that is starting to become more frequently diagnosed as time goes on. The treatment for Mesothelioma is an area that is still developing, so medical professionals don’t even know exactly all the issues that surround it. While some early research has highlighted possible factors like genes that may predispose certain individuals to cancer development or possible exposures in some common medical procedures, these are very preliminary correlations and should not be considered as indisputable fact. However, by understanding some of what has already […]

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The Backstory of Benzene

Posted on January 5th, 2017 by

Anyone working in or around the petrochemical industry has a potential for being exposed to benzene. Benzene is a carcinogen that has been linked to Leukemia along with other types of cancers. If you or someone you know has been working with crude oil, plastics, dyes, lubricants, adhesives, or pesticides, you may be wondering what the likelihood of developing cancer is. Discover more about the links between cancer and benzene, along with how the chemical industry has worked to create doubt surrounding the issue. By the end, you will better understand benzene’s backstory and how it may affect you. Schedule […]

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Still A Threat: Mechanics & Asbestos Exposure

Posted on December 30th, 2016 by

Even though the use of asbestos has been regulated since the 1970s, the automotive industry still comes in contact with it quite frequently. If you are a mechanic, or you have one who is close to you, you should be informed about how one could encounter the potentially life-threatening material. It is also important to understand the controversy surrounding it and research that is still being undertaken on the issue. How are Mechanics Exposed to Asbestos? The most common way mechanics are exposed to asbestos is when working on older vehicles. While taking off brakes, replacing gaskets, doing transmission work, […]

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Can You Trust Mesothelioma Commercials?

Posted on December 16th, 2016 by

If you or someone you love is dealing with Mesothelioma, you need a trusted lawyer to handle your case. It seems there are ever-increasing numbers of commercials on TV offering legal support for people who have developed Mesothelioma, but are they legitimate? Here is the background on this developing situation, and some advice to find attorneys you can trust for your particular circumstances. Why Are There So Many Mesothelioma Commercials? Asbestos is a substance that used to be commonly put into building materials before the Environmental Protection Agency put regulations on it. It was identified as dangerous because of the […]

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