Asbestos and Mesothelioma Updates for October

The mesothelioma lawyers at the Firm have brought together some of this month’s headlines highlighting the dangers of asbestos exposure and some important results concerning mesothelioma research.

  • Cars Containing Asbestos Recalled in Australia:
    Australian car importer, Azteco Automotive, is calling for a recall of over 23,000 cars. The vehicles, which were manufactured by Great Wall Motor Co. and the Chery Automobile Co, were found to have asbestos within their engine and exhaust gaskets. To date, over 30 different gaskets have been discovered containing asbestos. While the cause is currently unknown, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union is asking for further investigation into the matter. 
  • US Consumption of Asbestos Increased 13% in 2011:
    According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), U.S consumption of asbestos increased by 13% in 2011. Despite having been linked to a number of respiratory diseases and cancers, including Mesothelioma, the USGS reports that “consumption of asbestos was calculated to be 1,180 metric tons in 2011, a 13% increase from 1,040 metric tons.”
  • Study Investigates Link Between  Childhood Asbestos Exposure and Cancer:
    An Australian study, published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, has investigated the long-term health effects of children from the Western Australia mining town of Wittenoom – a town and mine that were shut down in 1966 after growing concerns of possible adverse health effects from crocidolite asbestos exposure. The study found that girls up to the age of 15 who lived in Wittenoom “were more likely to develop the asbestos-related disease mesothelioma, ovarian and brain cancers.” The study also found that boys who lived in the town between 1943 and 1966 “had higher rates of mesothelioma, leukemia, prostate, brain and colorectal cancer.” 
  • ADAO to Present at International ANDEVA Conference:
    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will join 250 delegates from over 20 countries at the French National Association of Asbestos Victim’s (ANDEVA) conference this month. Taking place on October 12th and 13th, the conference is intended to “crease diffusion of scientific knowledge and to develop an international public health movement.” In addition to the ADAO, a number of scientists, doctors, NGO activists, and individuals personally impacted by asbestos will be presenting on the status of asbestos regulations, disease prevention efforts, and victim compensation in countries throughout the world. Persons interested in learning more about the conference can visit this link

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