Asbestos on Ships Still Poses a Mesothelioma Risk to Sailors

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A new report warns that sailors are still at risk for malignant mesothelioma because of asbestos on ships – in spite of OSHA regulations. A pair of public health researchers authored the report which appears in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  Sailors face a number of health risks, including malignant mesothelioma. But the authors of the new report say more studies focus on people who work in shipyards.  They say there is not enough attention on the mesothelioma risk among people who not only work but also live with asbestos on ships.  The Use of Asbestos on Ships Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral. It must be mined from the ground and then processed into various products. … Continue reading Asbestos on Ships Still Poses a Mesothelioma Risk to Sailors »

New Study: Pure Talc is Not a Cause of Pleural Mesothelioma

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New research out of Italy is further evidence that asbestos – and not other dusty minerals like talc – is almost always the cause of pleural mesothelioma. The evidence comes from a 50-year study of more than 1,700 Northern Italian talc miners and millers.  Talc and asbestos often lie close together in the ground. Some people who have worked in talc mines or even used talc products have developed malignant mesothelioma. Many of these mines and products were contaminated with asbestos. This makes it difficult to know if it was the talc or the asbestos that caused the cancer.  But the workers in the new study worked in a mine that was uncontaminated with asbestos. Analysis of their causes of death … Continue reading New Study: Pure Talc is Not a Cause of Pleural Mesothelioma »

An Unusual Case of Occupational Asbestos Exposure

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Public health researchers in Italy say they have uncovered an unusual case of occupational asbestos exposure in a circus worker with malignant mesothelioma.  The 86-year-old former smoker worked as a truck driver and lion tamer. He was a part of the circus for 53 years. Circuses are not usually considered a high risk environment for asbestos exposure. But records from the local mesothelioma registry show two separate situations in which the circus worker experienced occupational asbestos exposure.  The new case report highlights the problem of hidden mesothelioma risks on the job. Occupational Asbestos Exposure and Malignant Mesothelioma Mesothelioma is one of the world’s deadliest cancers. It is almost always caused by breathing in or swallowing asbestos dust. This usually happens … Continue reading An Unusual Case of Occupational Asbestos Exposure »

Occupational Asbestos Exposure: The Need for Standardized Assessment

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A new report shows how important it is to have a standardized way to assess occupational asbestos exposure in people with mesothelioma.  Malignant mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Usually, that happens in the workplace. But sometimes, even the worker has no idea how or where he or she was exposed. This is especially true in industries not normally associated with occupational asbestos exposure.  The new Italian case study of a trucking worker who developed pleural mesothelioma illustrates the point.  Some Occupations Pose a Higher Mesothelioma Risk Than Others Before scientists discovered how dangerous it was, asbestos was a common additive to many products. Industries prized the fibrous mineral for its strength, heat and corrosion resistance, durability, … Continue reading Occupational Asbestos Exposure: The Need for Standardized Assessment »

Atomic Military Veterans Faced Higher Risk From Asbestos Than Radiation

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A study published in a US medical journal shows atomic military veterans faced a higher risk from asbestos exposure during their service than they did from radiation.  The study published last summer focused on more than 100,000 veterans. These veterans participated in at least one of 230 above-ground nuclear weapons tests between 1945 and 1962. The tests took place at eight nuclear test sites.  Some soldiers participated in military maneuvers, observed nuclear weapons tests, or provided technical support. Others served on board ships or were stationed on islands during or after nuclear tests.  In spite of their proximity to radioactive weapons, atomic military veterans were more likely to die of an asbestos-related illness like mesothelioma than a radiation-related illness. The … Continue reading Atomic Military Veterans Faced Higher Risk From Asbestos Than Radiation »

Canadian Study Highlights Occupational Mesothelioma Risk

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A new study of more than 2 million Canadian workers is shining a spotlight on the occupational mesothelioma risk from asbestos exposure in several industries. The study included data on 2.18 million workers in the Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS). These workers were employed from 1983 to 2014. The researchers followed the workers for years to see how many of them developed mesothelioma or a chronic lung disease called asbestosis.  They compiled the data on which industries had the most diagnoses. The results paint a sobering picture of the occupational mesothelioma risk to thousands of industrial workers. Asbestos and the Link to Mesothelioma Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that occurs naturally in the soil in many parts of the world. … Continue reading Canadian Study Highlights Occupational Mesothelioma Risk »

Waiting for Medicare Coverage Could Impact Mesothelioma Survival

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People who suspect they may have cancer but wait to get a diagnosis until they are eligible for Medicare coverage could negatively impact their ability to survive mesothelioma.  That is the message from a new Stanford study. The study suggests that many people wait until they are 65 to seek cancer care.  For people with a fast-growing cancer like mesothelioma, delaying diagnosis by waiting for Medicare coverage could have devastating consequences.  Early Mesothelioma Diagnosis Key to Survival Malignant pleural mesothelioma is a form of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It is one of the most deadly types of cancer. Like most cancers, the chances of surviving mesothelioma are higher the earlier it is diagnosed.  But mesothelioma is not … Continue reading Waiting for Medicare Coverage Could Impact Mesothelioma Survival »

Asbestos in Agriculture May Be Hidden Mesothelioma Risk

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Occupational health researchers in Italy say asbestos exposure in agricultural products and equipment may present a hidden mesothelioma risk for farm workers.  The study appears in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.  Agriculture is not an industry typically associated with asbestos exposure. But the new study suggests that there may be more of this hidden mesothelioma risk on farms than previously thought.  Occupational Mesothelioma Exposure Malignant mesothelioma is an occupational disease. Most people diagnosed with this rare cancer worked in an industry that used asbestos. The longer and heavier the exposure, the higher the risk for mesothelioma.  Asbestos was mostly a hidden mesothelioma risk until the 1950s. Mining companies produced asbestos for many industries. The construction industry … Continue reading Asbestos in Agriculture May Be Hidden Mesothelioma Risk »

Early Mesothelioma Deaths a “Proxy” for Childhood Asbestos Exposure in Italy

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A new study out of Italy is a sobering reminder of the devastating effects of early asbestos exposure.  Mesothelioma is rare in people under 50. But  the new study found about 35 Italians under 50 died of mesothelioma every year from 2003 to 2016. The highest number of deaths were among people from Northern industrialized parts of the country. These are the people most likely to experience environmental asbestos exposure as children.  The researchers say these early deaths indicate the toxicity of the environment in these regions – particularly to those who grew up there.  The Link Between Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Malignant mesothelioma is an extremely rare cancer of internal membranes. It was almost unheard of before industrialization. Many … Continue reading Early Mesothelioma Deaths a “Proxy” for Childhood Asbestos Exposure in Italy »

Asbestos-Based Clutches and Brakes Linked to Cancer in Italian Workers

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Italian researchers say cases of lung cancer among people who work with asbestos-based clutches and brakes in the country have probably been underestimated. And it remains to be seen how many of these workers end up contracting malignant mesothelioma. The study was led by occupational medicine experts from the province of Brescia. They focused on an Italian company that produced asbestos-based clutches and brakes for more than 20 years.  The team conducted an analysis of the workers’ likely asbestos exposure levels. These levels were compared to the incidence of asbestos-related diseases like lung cancer, asbestosis, and pleural mesothelioma.  The conclusion? The risk is bigger than anyone realized.  Mesothelioma Risk from Asbestos-Based Clutches and Brakes Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that … Continue reading Asbestos-Based Clutches and Brakes Linked to Cancer in Italian Workers »

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