The purpose of this site is to share information about Mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer in a personal way. We are really interested in talking to people who have Meso, or their family members, to share their stories and raise mesothelioma awareness.
Asbestos victims advocate and co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Linda Reinstein is calling on world leaders gathering in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G20 forum “to speak about the fact that seven of the G20 nations – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and the U.S. – are still mining, exporting, importing, and/or using asbestos, a known deadly carcinogen.”
The summit is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 nations to gather and discuss issues related to global economic growth, international trade, and the regulation of financial markets.
Asbestos is a mineral that was widely used in building materials like insulation, flooring tiles and roof shingles. In the 1980s, its use in the U.S. was restricted due to serious health issues related to asbestos exposure, which include lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that starts in the lining of internal organs. The asbestos-related diseases can take up to 50 years to manifest. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is generally dire.
There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos. In 2006, the World Health Organization recommended that countries stop using asbestos in all forms in order to deal with the health risks related to exposure to the mineral. And while more than 60 countries around the world have banned the use, import, export and mining of this carcinogen, many others, including the United States, are still using it.
“The irrefutable facts in the USA are that both asbestos imports and asbestos-linked deaths have increased in 2018,” Reinstein said.
“On Nov. 23, more than 50 experts and nonprofits from around the world signed on to the Asbestos Victims Association of Belgium G20 Summit letter, ‘A call to G20 leaders for global action to ban asbestos,’” she said. “Calling for ‘decisive action to ban asbestos worldwide,’ the letter is an unflinching, bold call to action from some of the world’s most esteemed medical professionals, public health experts, legal scholars, and advocates.”
As part of this letter, the ADAO expressed its concerns directly to President Donald Trump, and urged him and the other countries to ban asbestos now.
The family of the newlywed husband of Princess Eugenie ran an asbestos factory in the Barking community of London that is linked to the fatal lung disease of hundreds of workers, some of whom continue to die to this day.
Jack Brooksbank recently married Eugenie –Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter – in a lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle. Brooksbank is a marketing executive who promotes a tequila brand launched by his good friend George Clooney. But years earlier, Brooksbank’s grandfather and great-grandfather were top executives at Cape Asbestos Company for nearly 40 years.
Brooksbank’s great-grandfather Giles Fendall Newton was named director of the asbestos company in 1933 and promoted to chairman in 1957. The company made a variety of products containing asbestos including fireproof mattresses, splinter mats and gas masks. Newton’s son Michael – Brooksbank’s grandfather – also served as director for the company.
Brooksbank’s grandfather and great-grandfather are now deceased. But three years before the eldest Newton joined Cape Asbestos, a local newspaper raised concerns about the asbestos factory, reporting that “Many people in Barking are suffering from diseases of the lungs due to inhalation of asbestos dust.”
By the 1960s, it was well established that asbestos exposure was linked to debilitating diseases like the chronic lung disease asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs. It can take years for asbestos cancer to develop. Once diagnosed, it tends to prove deadly in a year or two.
In the 1960s, an article published in the British Journal of Industrial Medicine reported that mesothelioma was killing workers at Cape Asbestos, a company that employed more than 10,000 workers at the time.
From 1981 to 2005, 187 men died from mesothelioma in Barking – one of the hardest hit areas for asbestos disease in the United Kingdom.
Brooksbank’s family, however, continued to manufacture asbestos-containing products for eight more years, ignoring the warnings about the dangers of asbestos exposure in order to protect their profits.
“It is ironic,” says asbestos expert Lorna Webster, “that Jack (Brooksbank)’s grandfather employed people who are still dying today.”
In 2005, Cape Asbestos set aside more than $50 million to compensate victims of asbestos exposure in Barking.