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Is mesothelioma a specific type of lung cancer?

When people think about asbestos exposure, they often think about mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that can develop in the mesothelium, which is the membrane that covers most internal organs.

Although this disease is often caused by asbestos exposure, it is not the only disease this hazardous mineral can cause. Asbestos exposure, especially in combination with cigarette smoking, can increase someone's risk of developing lung cancer.

What steps must property managers take regarding asbestos?

Building owners and managers choose to manage risks in a number of ways. The recent actions by one Texas property manager appear to serve as an example of how and why some may choose to put others at risk.

According to the Wichita Falls Times Record News, the manager of the city's Big Blue office building filed a breach of contract suit against one of its former tenants. However, the tenant claimed there was more to the story. It said the manager filed the lawsuit because the tenant had threatened to let the building's other tenants know that the manager had likely exposed them to asbestos.

Iowa considering changes to meso lawsuits

Every year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. Many of them respond by seeking some measure of recovery from the companies that exposed them to the carcinogen in the first place. But in Iowa, these victims may soon have to clear additional hurdles to make their claims.

As Iowa Public Radio recently reported, Iowa lawmakers passed a bill that would make it harder for asbestos victims to file lawsuits. As of early March, the bill was on its way to the governor, who could sign it into law. Interestingly, the passage of this bill also sheds some light on how lawmakers shape the asbestos policies across the country.

Natural deposits of asbestos halt work at a Pennsylvania quarry

Operations at Rockhill Quarry have been temporarily stopped due to community concerns about asbestos dust. The quarry, which first began operation in 1976, is located in East Rockhill Township, Pennsylvania.

In December 2018, regulators determined that the rock at the quarry contains natural deposits of asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is made up of fibrous crystals. If asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can cause serious illnesses such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Lawsuit blames contaminated Revlon products for a woman's cancer

Revlon Inc., a popular cosmetics company, is being sued by a couple from Maryland. The couple alleges that contaminated ingredients in some Revlon products caused the wife to develop mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer that usually occurs because someone inhaled asbestos fibers. The woman's doctor diagnosed her with the condition in January.

10 steps construction workers can take to minimize asbestos risks

Asbestos is a natural mineral fiber that is known for its strength, heat resistance and insulative properties. These qualities make asbestos a useful component of numerous building materials, including insulation, ceiling tiles, flooring felt and others. However, when someone inhales or ingests asbestos fibers, they can cause problems in the body. Any amount of asbestos exposure could cause illnesses like asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

For decades, the construction workers who installed asbestos materials risked exposure to this toxic substance. Today, many people mistakenly believe that asbestos is no longer used and, therefore, no longer a problem. The use of some asbestos products has stopped, but unfortunately, many construction workers are still at risk.

Do you know what is in your cosmetics?

You use cosmetics to appear more attractive—to highlight your eyes, brighten your lips or conceal minor blemishes. But would you still use them if you learned they could put you at risk for cancer or other diseases?

Due to the lax regulation of U.S. cosmetics, many of them either contain—or may contain—toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde, sulfates and asbestos. It is almost impossible for consumers to know what most cosmetics contain. And that fact recently became the subject of a documentary, Toxic Beauty.

City engineer accuses San Diego of ignoring asbestos warnings

A civil engineer in San Diego is one of two people who filed a whistleblower complaint against the city. He claims that the city ignored his warnings about asbestos contamination and fire hazards in a city-owned high rise. He also claims that the city jeopardized the safety of city workers by knowingly putting an unqualified person in charge of renovations of that building.

Mesothelioma: A survivor's story

No one wants to receive a cancer diagnosis, especially when that cancer has no known cure. But if you or a loved one have been handed a mesothelioma diagnosis, you want to make the most of the time you have left. Who knows? You might even have more time than you think.

The statistics are scary, but it’s important to remember how statistics work. They address trends, not truths. And as the story of famed scientist Dr. Stephen Jay Gould illustrates, it’s possible to beat the odds. Even more immediately, it pays to understand them.

What is the difference between asbestosis and mesothelioma?

If you know you have past asbestos exposure, you may be concerned about your risk of developing an asbestos-related disease. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are two of the most well-known illnesses that can be caused by asbestos. However, people often confuse them or mistakenly believe they are variations of the same disease.

These two diseases do have several common traits. For example, both have some of the same symptoms, are caused when someone inhales asbestos fibers and develop many years after the initial asbestos exposure. However, there are several differences, too.

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