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Is a clinical trial right for me?

Newly diagnosed mesothelioma patients generally have many questions about their treatment options.

Treatment can vary depending on the type of mesothelioma, location, and stage, as well as the age and overall health of the patient. But a typical mesothelioma treatment plan may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy.

Asbestos exposure is still killing people

Even though the Environmental Protection Agency has banned most uses of asbestos, it can still be found in both new and old materials, products and more. Since it is no secret that asbestos is a dangerous and carcinogenic substance, industries that still use it should exercise extreme caution to prevent possible exposure. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be the case. Annually, asbestos exposure kills tens of thousands of people in America.

Scientists as far back as 1906 began questioning the safety of the mineral asbestos. By 1930, researchers had evidence that a significant portion of the American workforce was suffering from an asbestos-related disease. This information did not do much to change the habits of U.S. companies and manufacturers. In fact, the United States was one of the biggest consumers of asbestos all the way through the late 1980s. Today's consumers in South Carolina are not much safer either, as asbestos often shows up in automotive parts, toys, cosmetics, construction materials and other consumer products.

School, a place for learning and asbestos exposure?

South Carolina parents send their children to school with the expectation that they will receive a good education in a safe environment. But what if schools are not as safe as they are supposed to be? Children could be unwitting victims of asbestos exposure, which can lead to serious and even fatal health problems in the future.

Right now, groups of out-of-state parents are dealing with this exact scenario. In the middle of Sept. 2019, an environmental expert discovered damaged asbestos in one of the schools in his or her area. Despite the well-known dangers of asbestos, the school system did not have the problem examined until a news agency started to investigate the matter in late Oct. 2019.

Conflicting findings regarding asbestos exposure from baby powder

When a South Carolina parent buys a product for his or her child, there is the assumption that the product will be safe to use and not cause any harm, injury or illness. Over the last few weeks, reports about the possibility of asbestos exposure due to Johnson & Johnson baby powder products has caused major concern for consumers. In response, there was a major recall of this product. 

Initial testing of the one bottle of the product has found that there was evidence of trace amounts of asbestos in the powder. However, Johnson & Johnson says that the newest tests reveal there is none to be found in the recalled product. This can be confusing for those who simply want to know if the product is safe or if their child could be facing the possibility of illness because of a product marketed to parents.

Johnson & Johnson issues recall over asbestos exposure

Johnson & Johnson has been in the media for quite some time, but the coverage has not been good. Patients with mesothelioma have repeatedly blamed their asbestos exposure on the company's talc baby powder. Although Johnson & Johnson has repeatedly denied these allegations, it recently recalled tens of thousands of baby powder products that tested positive for asbestos. South Carolina residents may want to be cautious of using Johnson's Baby Powder at this time.

Since 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been taking a closer look at cosmetic products. Approximately 50 products have been tested as part of this survey, including two different samples of Johnson's Baby Powder. One of those samples came back positive for asbestos, and the company issued a voluntary recall of all the baby powder products that came from that specific lot.

33,000 bottles of baby powder recalled over asbestos concerns

Johnson & Johnson is recalling thousands of bottles of baby powder after testing found trace amounts of asbestos in one sample. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Oct. 18, 2019, it found “sub-trace” levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination in a bottle of Johnson’s Baby Powder purchased from an online retailer.

The agency reported the findings to Johnson & Johnson, which then issued a voluntary recall of that lot of the product. According to a report from the New York Times, that amounts to 33,000 bottles of baby powder. Anyone who has Johnson’s Baby Powder from the affected lot (No. 22318RB) should stop using it immediately. The company also said it wants to work with the FDA to make sure the testing that turned up asbestos is reliable.

Study links asbestos exposure from talc to mesothelioma

Asbestos is extremely dangerous, and yet it can be found lurking in any number of products and places in South Carolina. Even products that are not supposed to contain any asbestos at all can be contaminated with the toxic substance, like talc-based products such as baby powder. A recently published study affirmed the link between asbestos exposure through contaminated talcum powder contaminated and the deadly cancer mesothelioma.

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published the case studies that looked at 33 patients suffering from mesothelioma, most of whom were women. Researchers confirmed that these patients' primary source of exposure came from using talcum powder, commonly referred to as baby powder. At least six of the patients participated in tissue testing. The results showed that they all had asbestos fibers like the ones found in cosmetic talc in their body tissue, and not like the fibers associated with insulation or building supplies.

Jury awards $40.3 million to mesothelioma victim

For a variety of reasons, many South Carolina women in past generations used baby powder on a regular basis. In past decades, this was a talc-based product also referred to as talcum powder -- and it is dangerous. Talc is often contaminated with other substances, including asbestos. A jury recently awarded a woman $40.3 million after she developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure. That exposure was from Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder.

The woman and her husband brought the lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson. The suit claimed that doctors diagnosed her with mesothelioma back in 2017. Since then she has undergone chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy and surgery. Her body tissue was also tested, and experts found both anthophyllite asbestos and tremolite. It has already been shown that both of these substances are contaminants of at least two Johnson & Johnson products, one of those being baby powder.

Diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma? We can help

There are few things in life that can be more terrifying than a cancer diagnosis. If you were exposed to asbestos and are currently in the diagnosis process, you may feel confused and even a little lost. You may have also been surprised to learn that there are four different types of mesothelioma. One of those types is peritoneal mesothelioma.

Asbestos exposure is the number one reason that people develop peritoneal mesothelioma, although it only makes up around from 10 to 20% of all mesothelioma diagnoses. However, most people who are exposed to asbestos while living or working in South Carolina do not even realize that they are sick for many years or even decades. Mesothelioma takes a particularly long time to develop, so most people do not begin experiencing symptoms until it is already too late.

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