Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma

Cleanup Finished on a Section of the Libby Superfund Site

Cleanup Finished on a Section of the Libby Superfund Site A section of the Montana asbestos cleanup site was removed from the Superfund list by U.S. officials, pointing to the 17 year cleanup coming to an end. The 45 acre area five miles north of downtown Libby is the first of eight units of the […]

The Introduction of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act

The Introduction of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act Earlier last month, the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (ARBAN) was introduced. If passed, it will ban the use and importation of asbestos without exceptions. A new right to know campaign is also being made, requiring current importers, processors, and distributors  to report and […]

Asbestos in Claire’s Makeup

Asbestos in Claire’s Makeup Earlier in March, makeup from Claire’s and Justice stores tested positive for asbestos, the carcinogen that causes mesothelioma and lung cancer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested makeup from both Claire’s and Justice and found asbestos in three of Claire’s products and one of Justice’s products. The products include: eye […]

How Asbestos Shingles Started and Why They are so Dangerous

How Asbestos Shingles Started and Why They are so Dangerous When asbestos was considered a safe material, it was used in many different products because of its strength and insulating properties. One man, Lutwig Hatscheck, purchased an asbestos factory in 1893, and in 1900 invented asbestos cement. He was then able to patent the product […]

February is Cancer Prevention Month

February is Cancer Prevention Month According to the World Health Organization 30 to 50 percent of all cancer cases are preventable. The largest avoidable risk factor for cancer mortality is tobacco smoking, which kills approximately 6 million people each year (from cancer and other diseases). The reason tobacco smoke is so dangerous is that there […]

The History of Ambler, Pennsylvania

The History of Ambler, Pennsylvania Ambler, Pennsylvania, a small town 16 miles north of Philadelphia, was once known as the asbestos manufacturing capital of the world. The town thrived because of Richard Mattison, the son of a Quaker farmer. He went to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. While […]

Recycling and Disposal of Asbestos

Asbestos is a highly regulated substance under many different statutes:   As solid waste under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) As a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) As a building Material under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) As an airborne contaminant under the National Emissions Standard […]

Johnson & Johnson Knew it had Asbestos in its Products

Johnson & Johnson Knew it had Asbestos in its Products Reuters has investigated and found that Johnson & Johnson has known that asbestos was in its baby powder since at least 1971. From 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for asbestos. The company’s lawyers, doctors, scientists, […]

New and Existing Lung Cancer Treatments

New and Existing Lung Cancer Treatments Even though lung cancer is a dangerous and devastating cancer to have, it is not devastating if caught early. The five year survival rate (the percentage of people who will be alive five years past their diagnosis date) for all people with all types of lung cancer is 18 […]

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