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Variety of tests used to detect asbestos-linked cancer

The National Cancer Institute says some of the symptoms that typically indicate the presence of malignant mesothelioma may be from other forms of cancer, such as lung cancer, or from other conditions.

The Institute recommends that you check with your doctor if you have any of the following problems:

  • Trouble breathing.
  • Pain under the rib cage.
  • Pain or swelling in the abdomen.
  • Lumps in the abdomen.
  • Weight loss for no known reason.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer ...

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Asbestos not the only risk factor for mesothelioma

The American Cancer Society says there are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma each year in the United States, which makes it pretty rare.

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused primarily by exposure to asbestos, which affects the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body called the mesothelium.

The rate of mesothelioma in the United States increased from the 1970s to the early 1990s and since then has slowly decreased, which likely resulted from a change ...

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Mesothelioma proposed for list of 9/11 ailments

According to a CBS News story, federal health officials are considering adding mesothelioma and 49 other types of cancer to a list of conditions for which first Sept. 11 first responders and Manhattan residents will get free treatment and compensation payments.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s decision followed a March recommendation by an advisory committee made up of doctors, union officials and community health advocates, who recommended that cancer be added.

The $4.3 billion is meant to compensate residents ...

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Different treatment options for cancer from asbestos

According to the American Cancer Society, several different treatment options are available for mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer affecting the protective lining that covers many of the internal organs of the body called the mesothelium.

Mesothelioma is caused primarily by exposure to asbestos.

The main factors in choosing a treatment option are the size and place of the tumor, whether it has spread, the patient’s overall health, and the patient’s own preferences.

Treatment options may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or ...

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Writer compares flame retardant chemicals to asbestos

David Green, executive director of the Center for Environmental Health, compares flame retardants and their production to asbestos as an example of business interests trying to conceal public health threats in the name of profits.

In a recent piece for the Huffington Post, Green refers to a four-part series in the Chicago Tribune, alleging that leading makers of fire retardant chemicals have for decades used deceptive tactics to mislead the public, legislators, and regulatory agencies about the efficacy and safety of ...

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