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Women Emerge as New Face of Mesothelioma


Mesothelioma results after asbestos fibers become trapped in the lining of the lungs. In the past, the majority of mesothelioma cases belonged to men. This is largely because contact with asbestos occurs most often at blue-collar job sites due to its use in construction material and insulation. In recent years, however, women have been closing » Read More

Temple University Finds Asbestos in Floor Tiles


Temple University recently discovered that the tiles used in the fifth floor of its Center City building were asbestos tiles. The discovery occurred during a remodeling project. Crews immediately ceased work, relocated staff and students, and sealed the floor until a remediation team could arrive the following day. An unrelated contractor tested the air before, » Read More

Philadelphia Area Firefighters at Greater Risk for Mesothelioma


A 2013 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) study identified firefighters in major cities as being at high risk for mesothelioma. Philadelphia is among these cities due to the high number of old houses containing asbestos. A recent symposium for firefighters in Munster, Indiana highlighted this study and offered practical suggestions. Asbestos and Old Buildings » Read More

Chemo Booster May Extend Patient Life


For decades, advancements in treating mesothelioma have been making slow progress. Over the last few years that has changed and progress in diagnostics and treatments have started moving at a much more rapid pace. From diagnosing lung cancer using simple blood tests and breathalyzers, to immunotherapy and new chemotherapy drugs, the battle against this devastating » Read More

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