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Good news on lung cancer: What to make of it

Recently, an analysis by the American Cancer Society found that the overall cancer death rate in the U.S. made its "biggest single-year drop ever," or 2.2%, between 2016 and 2017. On average, cancer rates have been dropping by about 1.5% per year over the last three decades. That means the cancer death rate dropped nearly twice as fast as usual during the study period.

Planning a home remodeling project? Plan for asbestos risk

Asbestos is a fiber that was widely used in insulation, flooring, roof tiles and other building materials especially before 1978. The Environmental Protection Agency says there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. Exposure can cause serious illnesses, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and asbestosis.

J&J challenges its own Baby Powder recall

In mid-October, Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of some 33,000 bottles of its Baby Powder after the FDA discovered trace amounts of asbestos in a bottle bought online. That was the first time J&J had recalled the product, despite thousands of legal claims that the company's talc-based products have been tainted with asbestos and caused mesothelioma or ovarian cancers.

Case study ties asbestos-tainted talcum powder to mesothelioma

As we've discussed on this blog, thousands of lawsuits have been brought against Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other products containing talc. Those cases allege that using J&J's talc-based products for routine hygiene caused mesothelioma or ovarian cancer. Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, it can be difficult to prove what specific product or practice caused a particular patient's cancer.

4 steps for creating a caregiving plan for someone with a serious illness

If your loved one was diagnosed with a serious illness such as mesothelioma, you understand the significant toll it can take on them. Dealing with this diagnosis can also be difficult for anyone close to your loved one, especially the caregiver.

In rare move, J&J opposes dismissal of asbestos-talc lawsuit

Nationwide, Johnson & Johnson is facing over 14,000 lawsuits claiming that its talc-based products, J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, contain asbestos. According to the lawsuits, regular use of these products for genital hygiene can cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

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