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Asbestos Insulation May Account for Mesothelioma Surge in Australia’s Capital

The rates of malignant mesothelioma appear to be rising faster in the region around Australia’s capital city than they are in the rest of country and researchers believe that loose-fill asbestos insulation may be to blame. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) comprises the capital, Canberra, and the surrounding area. The findings on mesothelioma rates in the region are part of a  newly released study conducted … Continue reading Asbestos Insulation May Account for Mesothelioma Surge in Australia’s Capital »

Mesothelioma Subtype Unrelated to Source or Degree of Asbestos Exposure

The source or degree of a mesothelioma patient’s asbestos exposure does not appear to have a direct impact on what mesothelioma subtype they develop. That is according to the results of a newly-published study out of Australia, a country with one of the world’s highest rates of asbestos cancer. To make their determination, mesothelioma researchers reviewed malignant mesothelioma cases from the Western Australian Mesothelioma Registry … Continue reading Mesothelioma Subtype Unrelated to Source or Degree of Asbestos Exposure »

Australian Aboriginals Have World’s Highest Mesothelioma Rate

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The Aboriginal people of Western Australia have the highest per capita incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the world according to a new article in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Health. A now-closed asbestos mine may be to blame. Malignant mesothelioma is a lethal and fast-growing cancer of the membranes around the heart, lungs or abdomen. It is caused almost exclusively by the mineral … Continue reading Australian Aboriginals Have World’s Highest Mesothelioma Rate »

Mesothelioma Not the Only Cancer Threat for Shipbreakers

Mesothelioma is not the only cancer whose incidence is elevated in workers exposed to asbestos. A new Taiwanese study of shipbreakers finds that these workers are more susceptible to a wide range of cancers and should be regularly monitored for signs of disease. Shipbreaking is the process of dismantling old ships for salvage or scrap. Before the link between asbestos and mesothelioma was establish, shipbreaking … Continue reading Mesothelioma Not the Only Cancer Threat for Shipbreakers »

Study Finds Peritoneal Mesothelioma More Common in Textile Workers

A new report out of Asia finds that one of the rarest types of mesothelioma is “over-represented” in a group of female textile workers exposed to chrysotile asbestos. Chrysotile is one of six fibrous minerals that are classified as asbestos. Known as white asbestos, chrysotile is the most common type, accounting for about 95 of the asbestos used in industry. Chrysotile fibers are strong and can … Continue reading Study Finds Peritoneal Mesothelioma More Common in Textile Workers »

Using a "Job Exposure Matrix" to Predict Mesothelioma

Researchers in one of the world’s top mesothelioma hot spots have come up with an asbestos disease prediction matrix which may help ensure that fewer cases of mesothelioma go undiagnosed. Even though Australia has one of the world’s highest per capita rates of malignant pleural mesothelioma, data on where and when people were likely to have been exposed to asbestos is sketchy. As researchers from … Continue reading Using a "Job Exposure Matrix" to Predict Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Remains a Serious Risk for Shipbreaking Workers

Mesothelioma Incidence Among Shipbreakers

Taiwanese researchers who conducted one of the few long-term studies of cancer among shipbreaking workers are calling for more “preventive measures” to protect these workers from deadly malignant mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is the most serious of a group of diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. Fire- and heat-resistant asbestos was commonly used to insulate ships starting in the 1920s, long before its health risks became public … Continue reading Mesothelioma Remains a Serious Risk for Shipbreaking Workers »

Unions Call for Asbestos-Free Australia

The head of an Australian Consortium of Trade Unions (ACTU) is calling on the government to protect its citizens against mesothelioma by ridding the country of asbestos by 2030. Ged Kearney is president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, which represents construction unions and made the call on the ACTU website. Because asbestos was mined in Australia and in Australian buildings and cement from the 1950’s … Continue reading Unions Call for Asbestos-Free Australia »

Australian Court: Asbestos Company Directors Guilty

After a legal battle that lasted more than ten years and prompted a made-for-TV movie in Australia, seven former corporate directors were recently found guilty of lying to employees and the public about mesothelioma compensation. Building product company James Hardie Industries was Australia’s biggest producer of asbestos cement and had manufactured asbestos products of various kinds since the 1930’s. In 2001, it moved its operation overseas, … Continue reading Australian Court: Asbestos Company Directors Guilty »

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