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Taking Steps to Reduce Rates of Silica-Related Lung Cancer

Taking Steps to Reduce Rates of Silica-Related Lung Cancer | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Silica is a chemical found in sand and quartz and used in a multitude of industrial applications. Inhalation of silica dust can occur in a number of occupations and increases the risk of lung cancer. A recent review highlights new developments in understanding the health effects of silica exposure and recommends steps to reduce silica-related illness and death. Studies documenting the health risks associated with different levels of silica exposure have enabled evidence-driven regulations. Federal regulators are considering lowering the permissible occupational exposure to silica for workers, a measure that could cut the number of silica-related deaths in half. The review authors also recommend that workers exposed to silica who also smoke undergo computed tomography (CT) scans to screen for lung cancer starting at age 50 years.

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Medical News Today  |  Dec 12, 2013

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Advocacy Group: Lung Cancer Patients Who Have Been Exposed to Asbestos May be Eligible for Compensation

Advocacy Group: Lung Cancer Patients Who Have Been Exposed to Asbestos May be Eligible for Compensation | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

The Lung Cancer Asbestos Victims Center has launched a national campaign emphasizing that patients diagnosed with any type of lung cancer, not just mesothelioma, may be eligible for significant financial compensation if they have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace, even if the exposure occurred decades ago. The advocacy group lists the types of workplaces with the highest risk of asbestos exposure on their website. Patients or their family members can contact the organization at 866-714-6466 to get more information and to be directed to an experienced law firm.

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PRWeb | Jan 31, 2013

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Open Letter Urges Administration to Provide Guidance to Protect Patient Access to Clinical Trials

Open Letter Urges Administration to Provide Guidance to Protect Patient Access to Clinical Trials | Lung Cancer Dispatch | Scoop.it

Over 50 medical and advocacy organizations have jointly authored an open letter to the U.S. Administration calling for clear guidance to regulate the implementation of a statute protecting patient access to clinical trials. At present, only 6% of patients with severe chronic illness and fewer than 5% of cancer patients participate in clinical trials. This low participation rate hampers the progress of research necessary to develop much-needed new treatments. To promote and protect patient participation in clinical trials, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ('Obamacare') contains a provision that mandates coverage of routine medical costs for people who participate in approved clinical trials. However, the details of implementing this provision are left up to the individual states, which may lead to uneven and unpredictable coverage. The letter points to a 2010 study showing that patients have been denied coverage of their clinical trial costs, even in states that already require such coverage. The letter signatories therefore call for federal guidelines for implementation to be issued before the provision goes into effect on January 1, 2014.

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ASCO in Action | Jun 18, 2013

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ASCO in Action | June 18, 2013