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Estate planning for individuals with mesothelioma

Estate planners play a critical role for clients facing terminal illnesses. Helping a terminally ill client get their financial affairs in order early in the process enables them to have the peace of mind needed to spend the time they have left in a meaningful way.  

It is essential for estate planners to complete a thorough review of their clients existing estate plan as well as their current assets and determine what actions should be taken to minimize tax exposure and probate costs. In addition to these fundamental estate planning duties, there are special considerations that should be considered when advising individuals who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Improper disposal of asbestos presents serious health risk

The dangers of asbestos exposure are well known, and everyone should have some awareness that asbestos should not be used, disturbed or handled without a number of safety precautions in place.

But the threat to people's safety doesn't end just because someone throws the asbestos away; it can continue to put people in danger if it is not properly disposed of. This point was illustrated recently when reports were made regarding improper asbestos disposal after bags of contaminated waste were found in a shed at a demolition site. 

Diagnosis Mesothelioma: How to tell a patient they are dying

Giving bad news is never easy. Telling someone that they are terminally ill is exceptionally challenging. A study in the Journal of Oncology Practice revealed that delivering end of life news to patients is one of the most stressful parts of their jobs as oncologists. Remarkably, training in how to effectively communicate with patients and protocols as to what to cover is largely absent.

What makes end of life discussions so hard

Can asbestosis be cured?

Unfortunately, the answer to the question posed above is, currently, no. There is no cure for asbestosis.

However, there are medical solutions that can ease the symptoms and slow the progression of the illness. There are also ongoing experiments and drugs being developed in an effort to cure asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses. Below are some of the options available for treating asbestosis and helping people cope with such a devastating illness.

Despite rigid federal regulations, asbestos deaths still occur

When people think about harmful substances and gases like asbestos, lead and radon, they often assume that they are no longer a threat to people in the U.S. due to rigid regulations and standards.

Unfortunately, that is not accurate. These harmful elements still pose a very real risk to people right here in Minnesota. In fact, according to a recent NPR article, toxic exposure to asbestos is still contributing to thousands of deaths in the U.S., and Minnesota is among the states with the highest number of deaths per million people due to malignant mesothelioma.

Homeowners: Remember the risks of asbestos

You don't have to look too far to find someone remodeling a home, whether it's just down your street or on the numerous home renovation shows on TV. Especially now that spring is here, people all over Minnesota are starting to think about their own home construction projects.

This is a good time to remind homeowners about the risks of asbestos exposure during home construction and demolition projects. In fact, the first week of April was designated as Asbestos Awareness Week in the U.S. and in countries across the globe. With all this in mind, we urge homeowners to think carefully about how they can protect themselves from asbestos exposure in the coming weeks and months.

Asbestos a lingering hazard in U.S. schools

Despite efforts to monitor and abate asbestos in schools, many schools still contain asbestos, potentially putting both students and teachers at risk for developing mesothelioma and other deadly diseases.

Nearly 40 years ago, in 1980, before many students were even born, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began an effort to eliminate asbestos from schools throughout the United States. By 1984, the EPA had identified 2,600 school districts that contained asbestos, potentially exposing 15 million students and 1.4 million teachers to asbestos fibers. That same year, Congress passed the Asbestos School Hazard Abatement Act, which gave school districts the resources needed to assess the extent of the asbestos exposure risk and made grants and loans available to abate it. What happened?

Mesothelioma rates are on the rise

In March of this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that mesothelioma rates are on the rise. Despite a prediction that mesothelioma rates would decline after 2005, mesothelioma rates continue to rise. Between 1999 and 2015, mesothelioma rates rose from 2,479 to 2,597. A total of 45,221 individuals died of mesothelioma during that time. What is causing the rise?

New therapies focus on improving mesothelioma survival rates

The hazards of asbestos exposure has been known for a long time and the majority of asbestos-related products have been removed from our marketplace. Despite this, mesothelioma rates have continued to rise. According to the Environmental Working Group, 4,852 people died in Minnesota between 1999 and 2013 of asbestos related deaths.

Up to this point treatment of asbestos-related cancers, such as mesothelioma and asbestosis has not been effective in improving survival rates and finding a cure. Survival rates for these types of cancer range between one and two years. New research is working on changing that and progress is being made.

Mesothelioma rates are on the rise

In March of this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that mesothelioma rates are on the rise. Despite a prediction that mesothelioma rates would decline after 2005, mesothelioma rates continue to rise. Between 1999 and 2015, mesothelioma rates rose from 2,479 to 2,597. A total of 45,221 individuals died of mesothelioma during that time. What is causing the rise? 

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