Mesothelioma and Asbestos News and Information Updates for May

The mesothelioma lawyers at the Firm have brought together some of this month’s headlines, offering information on asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research, and support.

  • Pro Asbestos Lobbying Group Dissolves
    As reported in this article by the Montreal Gazette, the Chrysotile Institute, a pro-asbestos lobbyist group, has announced plans to dissolve and close its doors. Despite the link between asbestos exposure and cancer, the institute had operated under the premise that “as long as asbestos is handled in a safe and controlled manner, it causes little risk to workers.” This article by the Montreal Gazette speculates that this announcement of the institute’s closure provides more evidence for the impending “collapse” of the asbestos industry Canada.
  • Recent Development in Earlier Mesothelioma Diagnosis
    According to this press release from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), there has been a promising development for the earlier detection of mesothelioma. As presented at the 3rd European Lung Cancer Conference, “Australian researchers have identified a small molecule that is more abundant in the blood of people with the deadly lung disease mesothelioma than in healthy people.” Currently, a mesothelioma diagnosis depends on the availability of a lung biopsy that contains enough tumor tissue. This new discovery of a possible tumor marker through a simple blood sample could “circumvent the problem of availability of tumor tissue and help to accelerate the diagnostic process.”
  • Virginia Announces Permanent Mesothelioma Awareness Day
    According to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, the state of Virginia has signed a permanent proclamation that will make every September 26th the state’s “Mesothelioma Awareness Day.”  According to the Virginia State Legislature, the Mesothelioma Awareness Day will be used to “remember the victims of mesothelioma, publicize the dangers of asbestos exposure, offer hope for those who suffer with the disease today, and focus on and highlight the need for research support and a cure for mesothelioma”
  • ADAO’s Successful Trip to Washington
    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) has announced the completion of a successful trip to Washington, D.C. During the trip, ADAO representatives met with members of Congress and continued their ongoing dialogue about preventing asbestos exposure and eliminating occupational and environmental asbestos-caused diseases.
  • MT. Everest Explorer Dies from Asbestos Exposure
    As reported by the Sydney Mountain Herald, Lincoln Hall, a world-renowned mountaineer and member of the first Australian Everest expedition, has passed away from complications due to mesothelioma. According to the news report, Hall suspected his disease was the result of asbestos exposure during his childhood.
  • Asbestos Found During Construction of North Carolina Gas Plant
    Construction on a new natural gas complex in Wilmington, North Carolina has been stopped after asbestos was found on site. Traces of asbestos were found when workers uncovered a structure that had been buried for more than 50 years. Officials report that construction will remain stopped until the issue can be resolved.

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