A New Year is upon us, and a renewed call has been issued to sign up with the Insulators Tissue Bank (ITB). New forms for 2016 are now available on our website and, once again, we are encouraging all members to get involved and help us find a way to end asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.
Forms from 2015 will no longer be accepted.
The purpose of the ITB is to establish a repository of high quality, asbestos-related-tumor tissue specimens and fluid samples from a highly exposed population of Insulators to support research that finds new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions.
The ITB needs your help in obtaining leftover or unused tissue and/or blood samples from any treatment or procedure stemming from any asbestos-related condition, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Mesothelioma, which has cut short the lives of thousands of Insulators, is an aggressive form of cancer most frequently occurring in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. This deadly disease is directly linked to asbestos exposure. Due to limited funding and research, mesothelioma has been difficult to treat, specifically due to its aggressive nature (only between 5 percent – 10 percent of patients survive past five years).
Now, you have a chance to change that. With your participation, you ensure continued research and a better understanding of how asbestos affects the body. This research cannot continue unless men and women with past asbestos exposure fully complete and return the consent form.
We are asking our members to give their consent and, SHOULD they be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, to donate leftover tissue and blood samples to the ITB. Your actions could help save the lives of not only your local Brothers and Sisters in the trade but millions of people worldwide who die from asbestos-related diseases.