Asbestos Cancer Costs Canadians Billions per Year

A sobering look at Canada’s legacy of asbestos use comes with a recent report which estimates that new cases of asbestos cancer costs the country, which has a national healthcare system, about $1.7 billion dollars per year, a number that many say is actually a gross underestimate.

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Canada Moving Forward on Asbestos Ban

In a speech on Tuesday at a building trades union policy conference in Ottawa, Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced his intention to move forward towards a total asbestos ban in that country.
“We’ve actually made the commitment that we are moving forward on a ban … here in Canada,” said Trudeau in response to a question from a trade union leader. “We know that its impact on workers far outweighs any benefits that it might provide.”

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Johnson & Johnson Talc Case

Huge Verdict in J&J Talc Case Reignites Interest in Related Lawsuits

Yesterday, a jury in a Missouri state court ordered healthcare products company Johnson and Johnson to pay $55 million dollars to a woman who claimed that she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s talc products for feminine hygiene purposes.

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Live Bacterium Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Treating Mesothelioma

Results of a Phase 1B clinical trial presented earlier this week at the 2016 European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland demonstrate that a new immunotherapy treatment using live bacterium might eventually become a treatment of choice for individuals suffering from malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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Asbestos Related Lawsuit Riles California College Campus

An asbestos related lawsuit filed by a decades-long employee of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California has many students, staff, and administration up in arms about the safety of several buildings on this pretty campus located just an hour north of San Francisco and nestled in the bucolic wine country of the Golden State.

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Australian Scientists Cite Major Progress in Mesothelioma Treatment

Mesothelioma has long been one of the most difficult forms of cancer to treat. Hard to detect until its late stages, due to an extended latency period, it almost always appears in Stage 3 or 4 when mesothelioma treatment options are fewer and the disease has progressed to the point where metastases is nearly always present. Chemo and radiation may be able to relieve some of the symptoms of the disease and surgery is sometimes an option. Still, the life expectancy remains short for most mesothelioma patients.

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