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Plumbers Still at High Risk of Mesothelioma According to Study

Pleural Mesothelioma Incidence

Plumbers are among the industrial workers most at risk for deadly mesothelioma cancer.  That’s the finding of an insurance industry study recently done in the UK. The report, prepared for Claims National, found that current or former plumbers and pipe fitters, as well as electricians, builders and auto mechanics, have a much higher incidence of the asbestos-related cancer than people working in other industries.  It’s a finding supported by CDC researchers in the U.S. who found the number of mesothelioma deaths among plumbers and pipe fitters ‘proportionately significant’ and predict the numbers could keep rising for another 40 years. Asbestos is an insulating material that was widely used in industry around the world until the 1980’s.  It was particularly prized in plumbing … Continue reading Plumbers Still at High Risk of Mesothelioma According to Study »

Buildings, Industries and Soil Pose Mesothelioma Risk in New Jersey

Removal of mesothelioma-causing asbestos is taking much longer than expected at an historic New Jersey library building where employees and patrons may have come in contact with the substance for years. Nearly a month after it was scheduled to reopen, the East Orange Public Library remains closed.  The 1914-vintage building was closed after a state health department inspection found exposed asbestos throughout the building, which could put employees and patrons at risk for deadly mesothelioma cancer.  The library was ordered to hire a professional abatement contractor to safety remove the dangerous material, but months after the job was started, there is no indication when the building will reopen. As a state with many old and historic neighborhoods, New Jersey has many … Continue reading Buildings, Industries and Soil Pose Mesothelioma Risk in New Jersey »

Parents and School Clash over Asbestos Removal

The Environmental Protection Agency says, when it is performed according to their stringent guidelines, asbestos removal (also called abatement) is safe.  But a group of New Jersey parents is taking no chances with the fiber known to cause mesothelioma. The parents in Leonia, New Jersey have won a fight with school administrators to delay asbestos removal at their local elementary school.   Like thousands of older school buildings throughout the country, the Anna C. Scott Elementary School in Leonia was built using a number of asbestos-containing building materials, common until the 1980’s.  As long as these materials stay intact and are left in place, the EPA says they don’t pose a health threat to students or teachers.  But when asbestos begins to … Continue reading Parents and School Clash over Asbestos Removal »

Study Focuses on Asbestos and Mesothelioma Risk in Firefighters

Firefighting is a highly risky profession, not only because of the dangers posed by flames and fragile burning buildings themselves.  In addition to smoke and soot, firefighters are routinely exposed to chemical substances, such as asbestos, in those buildings that may put them at risk for diseases later in life.  Asbestos has been classified by the CDC as a carcinogen and has been shown to cause severe lung irritation, lung cancer, and a rare and aggressive cancer of the organ linings called mesothelioma. To determine just how great the risk of mesothelioma and other cancers is to firefighters, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in partnership with the U.S. Fire Administration will conduct a study on the health … Continue reading Study Focuses on Asbestos and Mesothelioma Risk in Firefighters »

Mesothelioma Deaths Ruled ‘Negligent Homicide’

Mesothelioma Incidence Among Shipbreakers

The shipbuilding industry is the single most hazardous work environment in terms of asbestos exposure.  Now some Italian executives are being forced to own up to that fact and face jail time.  An Italian court has convicted three ex-executives of the Fincantieri shipbuilding company in Palermo of ‘negligent homicide’ in the mesothelioma deaths of 37 former employees.   The court ruled the defendants failed to protect or even warn the workers about the inherent risks of asbestos exposure – even though the danger had been known for years. Shipyards are where large ocean-going vessels, such as cargo ships, oil tankers, military vessels or submarines are built or repaired. Before the health risks of asbestos were known, such as causing mesothelioma, the mineral was prized in the shipbuilding industry for … Continue reading Mesothelioma Deaths Ruled ‘Negligent Homicide’ »

Researchers Get Inside Mesothelioma Development

When asbestos fibers get inside the body, they trigger a number of biological pathways that can eventually lead to the development of mesothelioma and other lung cancers. Learning how these pathways are formed can help researchers develop new treatment approaches to combat these deadly cancers, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. Researchers have long known that on-the-job exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, as well as other cancers. Now they are trying to determine exactly what cascade of events asbestos triggers that causes cells to turn cancerous. Understanding the biological processes behind mesothelioma development is critical to finding new therapies for this currently incurable disease. Whether a person develops … Continue reading Researchers Get Inside Mesothelioma Development »

Plumbers at Risk for Mesothelioma from Asbestos

The same insulation that is protecting water pipes in hundreds of thousands of homes and commercial buildings, poses a serious health threat to the plumbers called on to repair or replace those pipes. Insulation containing the mineral asbestos, which causes the cancer mesothelioma, was a popular choice for use around pipes because of its resistance to temperature extremes and corrosion.  Although it has not been used in new construction since the early 1980’s the material can also still be found in pipe fittings, pipe coatings and water heater filaments. In addition, an estimated 35 million homes also contain a vermiculite insulation product called Zonolite.  While vermiculite, which is clay-based, is believed to be safe, the material in Zonolite was collected from … Continue reading Plumbers at Risk for Mesothelioma from Asbestos »

U.S. Schools ‘Managing’ Asbestos

Thousands of U.S. schools still contain asbestos – the fiber that can cause mesothelioma – and there are no plans to remove it, according to the EPA.  Although the mineral fiber asbestos, long used in insulation and other industrial applications, is widely recognized as posing a public health hazard, the Environmental Protection Agency says removing it from the nation’s aging schools can pose a greater risk than ‘managing it in place.’ Exposure to airborne asbestos fibers have been linked to lung cancer,mesothelioma and asbestosis. A 2001 report written by the American Federation of Teachers focused on the occupational health and safety issues of public school employees in large urban areas.  They concluded that crumbling school infrastructure and crowded classrooms are associated … Continue reading U.S. Schools ‘Managing’ Asbestos »

Mesothelioma is Increased Risk for Sheet Metal Workers

According to a new study from the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust and Duke University, sheet metal workers are at increased risk for asbestos-related diseases. Sheet metal workers make, install, and maintain a variety of products and equipment that employ sheet metal, including: heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, roofs, siding, skylights and rain gutters.  Sheet metal workers also work on ships, cars, and planes. Between 1986 and 2004, researchers followed 17,345 individuals with 20 or more years of experience in the sheet metal trade.  Information that was collected included smoking history, X-ray results and causes of death.  This data was than analyzed using statistical modeling.  The researchers found a “statistically significant excess mortality” for pleural cancers,mesothelioma, and asbestosis.  Increased … Continue reading Mesothelioma is Increased Risk for Sheet Metal Workers »