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The CDC estimates that there are up to 2,800 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year, with approximately 2,500 more dying annually due to this often-fatal disease. Because the primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos — which is still not completely banned in the United States — incidence rates for this form of cancer have remained steady, if slightly lower than previous decades.
However, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is committed to changing that grim reality, and providing patients with better access to the latest clinical trials. In April, NIOSH announced that it would be forming a new national mesothelioma registry, and seeking public input from doctors, patients, and advocates on how to execute this goal.
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What Will the Mesothelioma Registry Accomplish?
Overseen by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NIOSH already compiles data on mesothelioma cases through various state and local registries. These registries, however, do not have comprehensive or easily digestible information for policy makers and public health advocates: In fact, it can take up to 6 months for accurate statistics to reach NIOSH and other agencies.
By allowing multiple registries to be consolidated, NIOSH hopes that patients will be able to get greater access to clinical trial information. It’s also believed that a more complete data set will help policymakers and doctors freely share information about mesothelioma incidence rates, risks, demographics, and other factors.
NIOSH Now Accepting Public Input
Until July 8th, 2019, NIOSH will be accepting comments from the public, particularly on the feasibility of creating this kind of national registry. If you’re currently suffering from mesothelioma, it could be beneficial to contribute, as the agency will be asking about access to information, confidentiality issues, and other things that they may need to consider.
In the meantime, if you believe that asbestos exposure caused your mesothelioma diagnosis, contact The Ferraro Law firm for assistance. We have over 30 years of experience winning asbestos and mesothelioma cases, and we are passionate about helping victims recover compensation for themselves and for the future of their loved ones.
Frequently Asked Questions: Mesothelioma & Asbestos
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a carcinogenic, naturally occurring fibrous mineral. Known for its heat resistance and durability, asbestos has historically been used in insulation, construction materials, automotive parts, and shipbuilding materials.
Why is asbestos dangerous?
Asbestos is made up of small shard-like fibers that can easily become airborne when disturbed. If inhaled or ingested, these fibers can embed within the lining of the lungs, heart, stomach, or testes where they can cause cancer to form years or decades later.
What are asbestos-related diseases?
Asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear until decades after exposure.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
Three of the most common types of mesothelioma are pleural mesothelioma, peritoneal mesothelioma, and pericardial mesothelioma.
What are common mesothelioma symptoms?
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include difficulty breathing and chest pains. Peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach, may cause abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, constipation, abdominal pain, and nausea.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a preventable form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure. If you were exposed to asbestos while serving in the U.S. military or while working in construction, mechanics, or a similar field, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact The Ferraro Law Firm for a free legal consultation.
What is the life expectancy for someone with mesothelioma?
There is no cure for mesothelioma. However, patients can receive treatments for mesothelioma that may extend their initial prognosis with proper treatment. Those diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma usually have a life expectancy that is greater than three years, though a large part of this depends on the stage the patient is diagnosed. The earlier the diagnosis, the longer the life expectancy and chance of long-term survival.
Do I qualify for compensation if I have mesothelioma?
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should immediately seek long-term medical treatment. After that, you should contact our firm to examine your legal rights. Since 1985, The Ferraro Law Firm has represented individuals with asbestos-related diseases and pursued fair compensation on their behalf. Our firm is one of the top five law firms in the U.S. handling mesothelioma and asbestos cases.
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