Joe was exposed to asbestos while performing mechanic work on cars, light trucks and heaving machinery primarily between 1978-1994. Joe was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2004.
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Asbestos Related Diseases

Asbestos Fibers:

ASBESTOS: Asbestos is the general term given to a group of minerals that are fibrous and are resistant to high temperatures and various chemical insults. Mineralogically they are divided into two major groups, (1) the serpentines, and (2) the amphiboles.

(1) Serpentines: the only member of commercial importance is the chrysotile

a. Fibers are curved or curly

(2) Amphiboles: includes amosite, crocidolite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite

a. Fibers are straight

b. Fibers are responsible for the vast majority of pleuropulmonary disease

Exposure to Asbestos may increase the risk of these threatening diseases:

A pneumoconiosis characterized by more or less diffuse parenchymal interstitial fibrosis secondary to the inhalation of asbestos fibers

The risk of developing mesothelioma appears to be independent of cigarette smoking.

In the vast majority of cases, malignant mesothelioma appears as a diffuse, plaquelike thickening that more or less encases the entire lung, at least in autopsy specimens

Sseveral investigations have shown a dose-response relationship between the degree of asbestos exposure and the development of lung carcinoma.


(a) Colon cancer

(b) Throat cancer

(c) Pancreatic cancer

(d) Pharyngeal cancer

(e) Stomach cancer


Asbestos Victims' Rights Groups

Asbestos Victims of America
P.O. Box 559, Suite L
Capitola, CA 95010
Tel: (408) 476-3646

Asbestos Victims Special Trust Fund
1500 Walnut Street, Mezzanine Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel: (800) 447-7590

Asbestos Victims Education & Information
321 Essex Street
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
Tel: (609) 456-5695

Association to Improve Benefits for
Retired Disabled Workers and Their Dependents
27 North Eleventh Street
Manville, NJ 08835
Tel: (908) 526-0679

American Cancer Association
3710 West Jetton Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629-5112
Tel: (800) 227-2345

National Cancer Institute/ National Institute of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Tel: (301) 496-4000

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Miami Media School
1475 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Tel: (305) 548-4918

White Lung Association
National Headquarters
P.O. Box 1483
Baltimore, MD 21203
Tel: (410) 243-5864

White Lung Association of New Jersey
901 Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Tel: (800) 395-9565

White Lung Asbestos Information Center
45 West 10th Street
Apartment 2G
New York, NY 10011
Tel: (212) 777-1882

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