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Brea, California

Brea, California, is a city of 40,377 residents located at the juncture of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Ready access to four airports and six freeways, buses and passenger rail have made Brea a prime destination for work, shopping, entertainment and cultural activities. Residents enjoy a wide range of public artworks, thanks to a program begun in 1975 which continues today. Top city employers include the Brea Mall, Mercury Insurance Group and Bank of America.

Formerly known as Randolph, the City of Brea (the Spanish word for "tar") is named for the rich oil deposits which once seeped into the soil. Early settlers used the oil-saturated clods of earth for fuel and waterproof roofing material. In 1894, the Union Oil Company of California purchased 1,200 acres of land in Randolph for oil drilling, and other companies followed suit. Four years later, the Olinda Oil Well #1 struck oil, touching off a boom that lasted into the 1940s. Nearby citrus groves also prospered, and in 1911, as oil-related industries and businesses sprang up, Randolph was officially renamed Brea. Brea was later incorporated as a city in 1917, with a population of 732. By 1921, Brea had developed into a sizable community, with schools, churches, a power plant to provide street lighting, and public water works. Oil production declined after the 1940s, but through the mid-20th century, new businesses and residents continued to flock to the area. Industrial parks, housing developments, and freeways were constructed, and Brea continued to grow. The Brea Mall opened in 1977, with a mix of anchor and specialty stores, even an ice skating rink, and quickly became a magnet for retail and social activity. Brea has also developed its downtown area, and the "Birch Street" area includes a pedestrian mall, restaurants, shops and cinemas.

Brea's prominent oil industry, coupled with significant construction activity, makes asbestos exposure, and the risk of mesothelioma, an ongoing concern. Mesothelioma information including top doctors and cancer centers in and around Brea are listed at the bottom of this page. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in Brea, you may also benefit from seeking the advice of a mesothelioma lawyer.

Asbestos Exposure at Jobsites in Brea

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance has compiled information obtained from a number of sources to identify the following jobsites in Brea where asbestos exposure was known to have occurred. These sites are listed below.

  • Ameron Company
  • Ammoniaco Corp
  • Brea Chemical
  • Brea Chemicals Inc
  • Chicksan Company
  • Collier Carbon & Chemical
  • Gas Processors Inc
  • Getty Oil
  • Mueller Company
  • Rucker Schaffer Tool Works
  • Shell Chemical Company
  • Shell Oil Absorbtion Plant
  • Shell Oil Company
  • Tretolite Corporation
  • Union Oil Company of California

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers near Brea, California

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located within a 100 mile radius of Brea, California. Please click on a cancer center link to obtain more information about the clinical programs offered, professional designations, areas of expertise and how to contact the center.

1441 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Distance: 21.9 miles

8700 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Distance: 31.3 miles

Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Care Center
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Distance: 34.9 miles

1500 East Duarte Road
Duarte, CA 91010

Distance: 15.9 miles

10901 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Distance: 81.2 miles

10010 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

Distance: 81.2 miles

Moores Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Distance: 83.0 miles

Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868

Distance: 9.6 miles

Mesothelioma Doctors near Brea, California

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located within a 100 mile radius of Brea, California. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Michael Y. Chang
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center
4867 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Distance: 28.3 miles

Dr. Robert Brian Cameron
University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
10780 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Distance: 34.3 miles

Filing an Asbestos Lawsuit in Brea, California

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in California, you may be entitled to compensation. You may have limited time to file a claim. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have a pathology report in hand to support that diagnosis, you are eligible for financial assistance.

Asbestos Related News in California

CA Supreme Court Says Companies May Be Held Liable for Secondhand Asbestos Exposure

The Supreme Court of California has issued a ruling that companies can be held accountable for secondary exposure to asbestos in a worker's home.

Atezolizumab Approved for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients

PD-L1 inhibitor atezolizumab has been approved for use with chemotherapy-refractory metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer patients.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog


January 11, 2017
Jillian McKee

New Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Tests Immunotherapy Before Surgery

“Last fall, the Baylor College of Medicine Mesothelioma Treatment Center began running a new clinical trial that looks at how to use immunotherapy and surgery together as a more effective way to treat mesothelioma – an extremely rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.”