New York Mesothelioma Lawyers of Belluck & Fox, LLP, Welcome Insulators Union to Fight against Asbestos Diseases
New York, NY, September 01, 2012 — New York mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck today applauded a declaration of “war on mesothelioma” by the International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators.
The Heat & Frost Insulators recently voted at their national convention to establish the Insulators Tissue Bank, a fund dedicated to finding a cure or optimal treatment options for asbestos-induced cancers, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Convention delegates voted for every insulator in the U.S. and Canada to contribute 4 cents for every hour they work to the new Insulators Tissue Bank, starting Jan. 1, 2013.
“This is an important and generous step by the insulators’ union and industry to take on the fight against mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, which should be a very important issue to every one of the insulators’ union’s members,” said Belluck, a founding partner of the New York mesothelioma law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP.
“These tissue samples will be important to researchers, like Dr. Harvey Pass at New York University, who are searching for markers for mesothelioma, and those who are using gene therapy, like Dr. Daniel Sterman at the University of Pennsylvania,” he said.
Belluck & Fox sponsors MesotheliomaHelp.net, one of the Web’s primary resources for information on malignant mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
The law firm and MesotheliomaHelp.net recently announced an essay contest for college students that will award $10,000 in tuition money for the top essays about mesothelioma.
The mesothelioma lawyers of Belluck & Fox also donated money toward the NYU Langone Medical Center Cancer Institute’s recent purchase of a highly advanced NanoString Technologies molecular analysis system for cancer research work.
Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer of the lining of the lungs, chest or abdomen that is caused by exposure to asbestos. This exposure most often occurs at an industrial or manufacturing workplace many years prior to the victim’s diagnosis. Because of its heat- and fire-resistant qualities, asbestos has been used as an insulator in a variety of industrial and consumer products.
According to a Heat & Frost Insulators news release, only 0.01 percent of the general population dies from mesothelioma. However, among insulators, the death rate is about 1,000-fold higher at 9 percent.
“Given the health risks that these workers and others face if they are exposed to asbestos, we welcome the insulation workers to the fight against mesothelioma and hope their efforts result in a cure that so many of us have for years wanted to see become a reality,” Belluck said.
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