Mesothelioma In The News
(CNN)Researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are struggling to understand why younger populations continue to suffer asbestos-related medical issues despite efforts to reduce exposure from the toxic mineral.
According to a report released by the CDC on Thursday, numbers of deaths related to malignant mesothelioma increased from 2,479 in 1999 to 2,597 in 2015.
HIBBING, Minn. – University of Minnesota researchers have discovered fresh evidence linking inhaled taconite dust to lung disorders in miners on the Iron Range, including scarring around the lungs and a rare cancer called mesothelioma that has killed 80 workers.
The final report in a six-year study found that workers exposed to high levels of airborne mineral fibers were more than twice as likely to develop the cancer than miners exposed to low levels. The finding fortifies the scientists’ earlier discovery that miners who worked more years in the taconite industry stood a higher risk of mesothelioma.
The Trump Administration’s 2018 budget proposal takes direct aim at the Environmental Protection Agency. If adopted, the budget would cut the EPA’s funding by 31% , with most of the reductions concentrated in programs that study pollution and environmental toxins, and write and enforce rules to protect public health. Those programs would see as much as a 42% reduction.
But behind all the statistics produced by scientists and researchers lie human stories. One of those stories is Heather Von St. James, diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma three months after having a baby.
There is no cure for mesothelioma but there are treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, that can help prolong life and improve quality of life for patients. Approximately 37,000 people lost their battle with mesothelioma between 1999 and 2013, with 2,497 dying in 2013.
Frustrated with the City of Detroit's “lack of oversight" of its demolition contractors, the state is pushing for fines and additional penalties against the city after environmental inspectors found dozens of properties where deadly asbestos was mishandled.