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Asbestos Removal Hazards

Older buildings, including homes, may contain asbestos in their floor tiles, ceilings, insulation, siding, and other areas. Prior to 1980, asbestos was widely used in the construction industry for these purposes. When materials containing asbestos are intact, they pose relatively little risk. It is when they start to crumble, or the removal process is begun » Read More

Does Talc Cause Mesothelioma?

In recent years, media reports and lawsuits have called into question whether talc and talcum powder contain asbestos and are therefore linked to mesothelioma and cancer. Does Talc Contain Asbestos? Talc is a mineral from the earth. Talc in its purest form does not contain asbestos. However, it can often be found near asbestos deposits. » Read More

Peritoneal Mesothelioma: Symptoms and Treatment

While many people have heard of mesothelioma and know that it is a cancer in the lungs caused by asbestos, peritoneal mesothelioma is rarer, and therefore less well-known. Peritoneal mesothelioma is a type of cancer that occurs in the lining of the abdomen, and it is also associated with exposure to asbestos.  Since it is » Read More

Asbestos in Schools

Before the 1980s, most American schools were constructed with some type of asbestos, used for insulation, ceiling tiles, vinyl flooring and wallboard, and duct work. At least 11 of Philadelphia’s elementary schools have high levels of asbestos fibers in various parts of the buildings, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The United States Environmental Protection Agency » Read More