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Twenty-one year old diagnosed with mesothelioma

A 21-year-old man has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, proving to be an exception to the pattern that the rare form of lung cancer only affects those above the age 50.

The man, a former captain of his high school’s football and hockey team, found out in February that he had peritoneal mesothelioma. Fundraisers have been set up to help the family pay for medical bills. He is currently receiving treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

It is unknown how the young man developed the disease. Mesothelioma is primarily caused by inhaling asbestos particles and is usually dormant for years. This is the second reported case of a person under the age 25 being diagnosed with the cancer.

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Department of Defense grants $16mil for mesothelioma studies

For the fourth year in a row, the US Department of Defense has granted funding to  research the causes and treatments of mesothelioma, along with other illnesses such as colorectal, bladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancers.

About a third of mesothelioma cases diagnosed each year occur among veterans. Mesothelioma affects many veterans who served in the Navy, as asbestos was once used as a cheap insulator in ships. Veterans were exposed to asbestos when dismantling or repairing the ships.

The Department of Defense funding has furthered the research in early detection, new therapies, and clinical trials of vaccines for those who suffer from the illness.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, contact us or visit our web site at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org for more information.

Mesothelioma lawsuit results in $2.5 million settlement

A former chemist has been awarded $2.5 million in a mesothelioma lawsuit against Ford Motor Company.

The man accused Ford of having a machine that exposed workers to asbestos, a toxic material that is the primary cause for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

The man used the Friction Assessment Screening Test Machine, a machine manufactured by Ford, while he worked at Durez Plastics during the 1980s. The machine was used to grind down materials to check if they would be viable to be used for brakes. Many of the materials contained asbestos.

The lawsuit states that the machine carried no warning that could cause exposure to asbestos even though there were asbestos-related deaths associated with the machine since the 1970s. The man was diagnosed with mesothelioma and a court decided that Ford was 15 percent responsible for it. They were ordered to pay $2.5 million to the man.

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