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Asbestos lingers in some older buildings

Although asbestos is not commonly found in home improvement stores and construction depots anymore, it is still found in some homes and other buildings in Louisiana and other states. The material, often used in a solid form which can become airborne fibers, has been connected by medical experts to mesothelioma and other cancers.

When asbestos was still in common use, ailments often occurred for shipyard workers, construction workers and others who would be near it as a fiber. Asbestos abatement and removal services are the main industries that deal with cleanup of the potential hazardous material on a regular basis.

Mesothelioma is still expanding in the United States

Mesothelioma has a long and complicated name, but most researchers agree its cause is relatively simple. The disease, which manifests as a cancer in the tissues surrounding the lungs or the heart, is largely recognized to be associated with exposure to asbestos.

The chalky and crystaline substance has been on markets as a way to prevent fire for many years, but the last half century has seen a lot of regulation on the manufacturing and sales of tiles, panels and tubing that include asbestos. Some countries outside the United States have banned the material entirely.

Is there asbestos in your cosmetics?

You've probably seen news stories about lawsuits surrounding baby powder that women say gave them ovarian cancer. You may have even heard that cosmetics from a certain store often in malls contained some asbestos. However, you may not consider that the makeup and other products you use on a daily basis may also contain some of this human carcinogen.

The Food and Drug Administration says it continues to conduct research to determine whether asbestos is in certain products. In fact, it recently issued yet another safety alert for this possibility. It warned consumers not to use certain cosmetics. The burning question you may have is why is this toxic substance even allowed to be in these products, and there is no easy answer.

Lawsuit targets factory in the infamous Cancer Alley

Clean air and clean water are often considered a human right. But the reality is that some places have better or worse air quality, and that can have a real cost on quality of life. Those costs may also be medical expenses if people suffer from lung cancer, asthma and other ailments that can be common in polluted air.

Louisiana has paid too high a price in creating many of the country's ships, chemicals and other necessary products. Exposure to asbestos has been associated with various types of cancer that have been diagnosed in the Bayou State's shipyard workers, factory labor and others. The entire populations of some towns are at higher risk in Louisiana, a state which already has higher air pollutant levels than most of the United States.

Asbestos exposure matters to several industries

Asbestos has almost become a catchphrase for the risks that many industrial workers and builders faced for much of the 20th century. The material has been in use since ancient history as an insulator against flame, among other advantages. Although warnings about the material's dangers existed in the 1930s, asbestos was not regulated in the United States until the 1970s.

Experts have estimated millions of workers in many industries were exposed to asbestos, which has been connected to lung cancer and other serious ailments of the lungs, heart and the lining around these organs. Many of these workers and their survivors have a case for financial compensation after expensive health care or loss of income due to illness.

What is mesothelioma, and what causes it?

Sickness is one of the few things that can go wrong for which we don't often blame other people. After all, who knows what causes a lot of health problems? In a few cases, however, we do know what causes problems. One of the ailments that is ascribed to traceable sources is mesothelioma. People afflicted with this condition have been seeking compensation for decades, and the few people still suffering often have the same option.

What is mesothelioma?

Criminal investigation may complicate talcum powder suits

Consumer protections have come a long way since the old proverb "caveat emptor," meaning "let the buyer beware." Courts in Louisiana and many other states are empowered to order damages due to faulty products and falsified results surrounding them.

One of the largest group of product liability lawsuits surround asbestos, a crystalline mineral used for centuries because of its resistance to flame. It appears the dust of the material is implicated in several types of cancer, including mesothelioma, which may be solely caused by asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma isn't always found in the lungs

The vast majority of mesothelioma cases involve the lungs. In fact, the data suggests that around 75% of all cases involving this asbestos-related cancer involve the inhalation of the toxic substance.

However, you may need to be aware of other, even more rare forms of mesothelioma if you ever suffered exposure to asbestos. Not everyone develops a cough or chest pain. Since early treatment is crucial when it comes to this cancer, you may want at least a basic understanding of the other types so that you can better identify symptoms and receive medical attention as soon as possible.

Manufacturers should be aware of potential asbestos exposure

The children's accessories makeup and accessories store Claire's has recalled various makeup sets from its shelves in recent months. Its latest voluntary recall was issued on June 9. The Claire's JoJo Siwa Makeup Set, Bath/Lot No. S180109 is thought to contain the harmful mineral asbestos, a known carcinogen.

This latest asbestos contamination was discovered by researchers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Their scientists routinely test consumer products for potential toxins.