As part of our commitment to offering news and information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, the lawyers at the Firm have rounded up some of this week’s headlines.

  • Additional Mesothelioma Funding through DoD:
    Mesothelioma will again be included on the list of diseases eligible for research funding through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP). The disease first became eligible to receive funding in 2008 due to the disproportionate rate by which military personnel are affected by mesothelioma. Since this time, the DoD has funded $5.8 million in mesothelioma research.
  • Treatment of Mesothelioma Based on Extent of the Cancer:
    This article by the American Cancer Society offers information on mesothelioma treatment options. According to the article, “Mesothelioma can be hard to treat, no matter the stage of the cancer” For this reason it becomes important to understand the goal of the treatment before it begins. In addition to the stage of the disease, the patient’s health and preferences also help the doctor determine the type of treatment available.
  • Increasing Asbestos Awareness One Signature at a Time:
    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims (CVAV) have seen success from their petition drive advocating increased awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure. Currently the petition has received support from more than 500 individuals and 40 organizations. Visit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization for details or to sign the petition.
  • Cause of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers:
    This article looks at the causes and effects of lung cancer in non-smokers. After smoking, the causes of cancer can include secondhand smoke, exposure to radon gas, exposure to carcinogens at work, and air pollution. While the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is exposure to radon gas, the workplace as a source for exposure to carcinogens, like asbestos and diesel exhaust, has also attributed to a number of diagnoses.
  • Industrial Site Being Cleared of Asbestos:
    Demolition work and asbestos removal at an industrial site in Norristown, Pennsylvania is expected to be completed by midsummer. The site, which was purchased as a possible relocation spot for the Norristown Sewage Treatment plant, is currently contaminated with asbestos. The asbestos removal and demolition work is being conducted by the Environmental Consulting Inc. (ECI) of Norristown.