Scientists Reach Out to Victims of Asbestos Exposure

It’s no surprise that asbestos lawsuits are still being filed today, even though the regulations on its use happened well over 20 years ago. With a long dormancy period of up to 30 to 50 years, people who were exposed to asbestos while working several decades ago are now experiencing the life-threatening illnesses that are associated with prolonged exposure of the harmful mineral. Scientists are now reaching out to victims of asbestos exposure in hopes of finding better treatments and raising awareness of just how dangerous asbestos is.

Implemented by the Priority Setting Partnership and backed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the UK, researchers and scientists are hoping that they can compile more evidence that helps identify several aspects of malignant mesothelioma, one of the most common diseases associated with and caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is prevalent all over the world. Around 3,0000 people are diagnosed each year in the United States, and 2,291 mesothelioma deaths occurred in the UK alone last year. Most victims are senior citizens, around age 65, before they are diagnosed, making their prognosis even more grim. The study, however, is looking for ways to help these victims and future victims of the disease.

“Mesothelioma research has been identified as an important area and everyone needs to hear what patients, carers, families and healthcare professionals believe are the most important unanswered questions around the diagnosis, treatment and care of mesothelioma,” said UK Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, the chief scientific advisor and medical medical officer of the study.

“Progress in treatment is long overdue and mesothelioma victims deserve far better – very few survive past five years and mesothelioma will continue to claim victims as long as asbestos is present in the UK,” Professor Davies also said.

Similar to the United States, which saw asbestos regulations in the late 1970s after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released studies that proved its dangers, certain types of asbestos was regulated in the UK in 1985, followed by a total ban of its use in 1999. Also quite like the United States, many buildings, schools, and homes in the UK are still riddled with asbestos, and people who never worked around asbestos in the past are now at risk of exposure today.

Most people that are diagnosed with asbestos in the United States previously worked jobs that heavily relied on asbestos for its fire and heat-resistant properties. This was a worldwide trend, and workers in the UK on average, are given a period of eight months to live after diagnosis. Yet, with the new information the study brings, scientists hope to increase the lifespans of those affected with mesothelioma, asbestosis, and any other asbestos-related disease.

If you or a loved one have been affected by exposure to asbestos, you have legal resources, and may be eligible for compensatory damages. An experienced asbestos lawyer can assist you and help you fight to win your case. Contact our leading asbestos attorneys today for a no-obligation case evaluation.

Source:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/scientists-ask-for-sufferers-of-the-asbestosrelated-cancer-mesothelioma-to-step-forward-to-boost-research-9138990.html

http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/mesothelioma/statistics

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