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Louisiana has a history of claims against negligent employers

Louisiana shares a history with other U.S. states as host to some vital yet dangerous products and processes. Farmers have been exposed to harmful chemicals in the fields, oil workers have been covered in lethal substances on offshore rigs and many types of professionals manufactured or used materials later found to cause lung cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Dozens of former employees of an industrial manufacturer in Webster Parish and elsewhere in the Bayou State joined a class-action lawsuit against the company. The workers alleged exposure to asbestos and silica dust, which are known to potentially cause lung cancer, over decades of the company's operations.

How talcum power usage has been linked to cancer

Talcum powder is a common household product that is often used on young children and babies. Therefore, we automatically assume that it is safe for use, especially when global brands such as Johnson & Johnson manufacture it. However, studies in the past few years have made some shocking correlations between talcum powder usage and cancer.

A study conducted in 2010 revealed that there is a distinct possibility that talc is a human carcinogenic agent, and they found that those who use talc products had an increased risk of certain cancers, including ovarian cancer and lung cancer.

Natural disasters carry a risk of asbestos exposure

Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes clearly pose a serious risk to anyone in the affected area and to the rescue workers who then come in to assist after the fact. However, outside of traditional risks like unstable structures and flooding, it is important to note that there is also a serious risk of asbestos exposure when older buildings are damaged or destroyed.

Asbestos is most dangerous when the particles are disturbed and it creates a potentially toxic dust. This can then be inhaled by unsuspecting individuals who may think it is just concrete dust or other minor particles.

Taking a look at long-term care for mesothelioma

Thousands of people suffer from mesothelioma in Louisiana because of the industries in which they used to work. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. Most of the industries that used to use this building material no longer do so because it has been almost been entirely banned. Let's take a look at long-term care options for those coping with mesothelioma.

The most common type of long-term care is provided in the patient's home by a family member or other loved one. It involves the caregiver providing meals and baths, sorting pills, making the patient feel comfortable, spending time with the patient and much more.

4 types of surgery for lung cancer

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, the best way to treat the disease may be through surgical removal of the affected tissue. There are four general types of surgery that doctors will consider. They are as follows:

  1. Pneumonectomy. This procedure is used in serious cases, as the entire lung is removed from the patient.
  2. Lobectomy. While this surgery does not remove the whole lung, it does remove one entire lobe. It is important to note that both lungs are not exactly the same. On the left lung, you'll find two lobes. On the right, there are three.
  3. Segmentectomy. When doctors cannot use a lobectomy, they may choose a segmentectomy to get rid of some cancerous tissue from a specific segment of the lung. For instance, your right upper lobe has three different segments. Removal of one could leave the lung and lobe largely intact, while still eliminating the cancer.
  4. Wedge resection. Finally, doctors may choose this procedure when they want to cut out specific tissue without doing a full removal of a lung, lobe or segment. They often do a wedge resection when treating or diagnosing metastasis.

No matter which type of surgery doctors decide to perform, this is a very significant procedure. It comes with extensive recovery times and high medical bills. It can change the rest of your life -- especially in cases where the entire lung gets removed. It may be a necessary procedure, but that does not mean it is an easy path to take.

Will insurance companies have to pay for Johnson & Johnson?

Johnson & Johnson is facing a record judgment in a talcum-powder case, which came in at $4.69 billion. That money is supposed to go to people who bought talc powder that contained asbestos, which can lead to fatal cancer and other serious complications. If those people have passed away, the money is intended to go to their families.

With that much money on the line, officials are now trying to determine if insurance companies are going to need to cover those costs. If so, what type of impact will that have on the insurance industry? Analysts point specifically to The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., Chubb Ltd. and Travelers Companies Inc.

Asbestos: The greatest strength is also the greatest danger

We know now that asbestos is incredibly dangerous and complications are often fatal. However, for decades in the wake of World War II, Americans really did not know how hazardous this material truly was. Instead, they put it everywhere. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that more than 700,000 commercial or public buildings contained asbestos, along with more than 100,000 schools.

The reality is that asbestos does have many strengths as a building material. Some of them include:

  • It does not decay over time
  • It does not decompose
  • It is essentially indestructible
  • It resists heat incredibly well
  • It resists water damage
  • It resists chemical corrosion
  • It comes in microscopic fibers that can be added to other materials

Exposure to asbestos happens more often than you'd think

If you are like most Louisiana residents, you probably believe that companies and industries no longer use asbestos in their products. You may know that occasionally a construction project may cause the release of some asbestos, but you may think that is the extent of it.

For many people, exposure to asbestos is an antiquated thought since they don't work in industries in which workers are vulnerable to this exposure. If they are around products containing asbestos, they either don't know it or are in no danger until or unless the asbestos in the products is disturbed.

Is lung cancer more common for men or women?

When looking at total annual deaths from cancer, it is clear that lung cancer is the deadliest type in the United States. Experts note that it takes more lives every year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer combined.

That is not to downplay the severity of these other types of cancer, but just to show the serious risk from lung cancer. A proper diagnosis is so important -- as is getting that diagnosis as early as possible -- if people are to have a better chance of surviving this dangerous disease.

Survival rates for malignant pleural mesothelioma

Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) typically begins in the chest's inner lining. While is it certainly possible to be diagnosed with mesothelioma in other locations, this is most common form of this cancer.

If you do have MPM, you may be interested in looking at the survival rates. Please note that every individual case is different. Many factors come into play, such as age, overall health and the specific arrangement of the cancer cells.