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December 2019 Archives

FDA prevented from answering questions about asbestos in talc

Louisville residents may have heard about how Johnson & Johnson is facing numerous asbestos-related lawsuits. The plaintiffs claim that they developed mesothelioma after continual use of the company's talc-based baby powder. However, there is some question as to whether talc itself and not just talc contaminated with asbestos can cause mesothelioma.

Asbestos-related pleural plaque doesn't increase cancer risk

The cancers commonly associated with asbestos exposure, like mesothelioma, the cancer of the organ linings, are often hard to detect before they become quite severe. These internal cancers often don't produce noticeable symptoms until they've become rather serious for the patient. Later diagnosis can make treatment difficult and result in a worse prognosis for the patient.

New drug may help treat mesothelioma

Patients in Kentucky and throughout the country who have mesothelioma will usually undergo chemotherapy to help treat their condition. In some cases, doctors may decide that radiation therapy is more effective choice in treating the underlying condition and keeping symptoms to a minimum. This has become increasingly true as radiation treatments have become more precise and less likely to kill healthy cells. However, the problem with this type of therapy is that mesothelioma cancer cells have proteins that make them less sensitive to the radiation.

Who is at risk of secondary asbestos exposure?

Asbestos is a material that was widely used in the 20th century in buildings, construction and even in common household objects. Asbestos is widely known to be a dangerous substance now, but strict regulations on the use of the material were not put in place until the 1970s. This means that many people suffered exposure to asbestos until this point, particularly construction, factory and navy workers. Since asbestos can still be present in buildings that predate the 1970s, people can suffer exposure even today when renovating without adequate protection.

Hawaii woman with mesothelioma sues Johnson & Johnson

Louisville residents may have heard how Johnson & Johnson is facing numerous lawsuits from consumers who were diagnosed with mesothelioma: a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure. The plaintiffs allege that regular use of the corporation's talc-based baby powder, which was found to contain the mineral, led to their developing the cancer.

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