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Common places asbestos is found in the home

As of 1989, the use of asbestos in new items is illegal based on a ban set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Items created prior to 1989 can still use asbestos. One of the most common places asbestos was used was in materials to build houses. Asbestos can no longer be used in materials to build homes but it is still found in older homes across the country, even in Louisiana.

How is mesothelioma diagnosed?

A common question that many people have who have worked in industries that used to feature asbestos is: How is mesothelioma diagnosed? Mesothelioma is a disease commonly found in people who have worked in the construction and shipbuilding industries from decades ago. Today, we will take a look at how this debilitating disease is diagnosed.

New study says expanded mesothelioma palliative care unnecessary

A new study has found that there is no need to expand the palliative care offered to patients who are suffering from pleural mesothelioma. The study's results showed that palliative care offered earlier for patients did not help to extend the survival rate of patients and did not improve their quality of life. The study's findings were released in Yokohama, Japan, at the World Conference on Lung Cancer.

Report says all types of asbestos are deadly

A new report released in September of 2017 says that all types of asbestos have the ability to be deadly. The study was performed by researchers from Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital. The results of the study confirm what scientists have believed for years, and that is there is no safe form of asbestos and that all forms can eventually lead to malignant mesothelioma.

What are treatment options for mesothelioma?

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma is common among people who worked in various industries such as shipbuilding, construction and more. Mesothelioma is most commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. It is a disease that takes its toll on the body, even when treatments are put to use. So, what are the treatment options for mesothelioma?

Seeking compensation for asbestos exposure important for every mesothelioma victim

Statistics on life expectancy can be a source of complacency for some, and a source of anxiety for others. Life expectancy in the general population is 78 years, though this number can be affected by various factors, including sex and overall health. Among cancer patients, life expectancy depends on both the stage and location of the cancer, as well as the particulars of treatment. In some cases, cancer patients have a strong chance of survival, while others do not.

Work with experienced attorney to seek compensation for early stage mesothelioma

Previously, we began looking at the importance of early detection of mesotheolioma, and some of the work researchers are currently engaged in to make early detection more feasible. As we noted, early detection of mesotheolioma not only gives patients a better prognosis because of the better response to early treatments.

Researchers continue searching for avenues to detect mesothelioma in early stages

As with other forms of cancer, mesothelioma comes with a poor prognosis for patients if it progresses beyond the early stages. Early detection is important, and researchers who work in the field of mesotheolioma routinely use radiological testing to that end. Because of the risks associated with radiation, though, other approaches to early detection are being sought.

CDC report a sobering reminder of the potentially fatal effects of asbestos exposure

According to a report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of annual mesothelioma deaths between 1999 and 2015 increased 4.8 percent, from 2,479 to 2,579. The total number of mesotheliona deaths during that period was 45,221.

Lingering symptoms may be signs of a more serious problem

Various Louisiana shipyards employ tens of thousands of workers. In fact, some of those companies are among the top employers in the state. If you've worked in a shipyard, you might have been exposed to some form of asbestos. Actually, asbestos is a general term given to various naturally occurring mineral fibers. For decades, manufacturers used asbestos as a component in fire retardants, ceiling and wall insulation, roofing materials, pipes, and other things. The problem is that many people who have worked with such products have later developed cancer.