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Mesothelioma and Asbestos in Oregon

Oregon

Oregon is part of the Pacific Rim and therefore the state's economy is closely tied to maritime industries. It is to be expected that most of the asbestos-related illnesses in Oregon are among those who worked in industries.

Shipbuilding in Oregon

Shipbuilders began using asbestos extensively in their vessels beginning in the mid-1930s; the reason was because of a tragic cruise-ship fire off the coast of New Jersey in which nearly half of the passengers and crew lost their lives.

Below decks, friable (crumbling) asbestos become highly concentrated. Medical research has shown that the chances of developing an asbestos-related disease is proportional to concentration of fibers and the length of time spent in the asbestos environment. In the famous Krstev Study at National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland 4700 shipyard workers employed by the U.S. Coast Guard between 1950 and 1964 were studied. This group was shown to suffer from “small but significant excess mortality” from asbestos disease, including mesothelioma and lung cancer.

Oregon Industry and Asbestos

Asbestos is used wherever there are hazards from heat, fire or corrosive chemicals. Chemical plants located in Oregon include: Borden, Chevron, Chipman, Rhone-Poulenc, and Stouffer.

Most of the asbestos used in chemical factories consisted of amosite ("brown asbestos") or crocidolite ("blue" asbestos), which are particularly deadly and a major factor in mesothelioma cases. Unlike relatively soft “white” asbestos, amosite and crocidolite fibers are rigid and shaped like microscopic needles. When inhaled or ingested, they literally drill through lung tissue, emerging on the outside. During this process, DNA attaches itself to these fibers, resulting in cellular mutations that result in cancer. Although this much is known, medical science has not yet discovered the precise mechanism.

Petroleum products are highly flammable at all stages of production. As a result, fire is always a hazard.

Oil industry workers also suffer from mesothelioma at much higher rates than the general population. A recent research study in the United Kingdom tracked 43,000 industry employees in that country. Mesothelioma was far prevalent among those who actually worked in the refining process (as opposed to those who simply delivered the product to retailers).

Other Oregon industries identified as asbestos sites include:

  • Portland Gas and Coke
  • Hercules Powder Company (now defunct)
  • Georgia-Pacific Resin Plant

Most of these are located in the Portland-Multnomah County metro region. Similar industries have operated at various times in Bend, Eugene, Hood River, Klamath Falls, McMinnville, Medford, Salem, St. Helens, and The Dalles.

Oregon Mesothelioma Statistics

Most of Oregon's 3.4 million people live in the upper Willamette Valley. During the last two decades of the last century, health authorities recorded 862 deaths due to asbestos disease. 50% of these were from mesothelioma; Oregon is unusual in this respect, as in most states, mesothelioma fatalities greatly outnumber those from asbestosis.

Oregon Cities Where Asbestos Exposure Occurred

Asbestos jobsites are known to have been located in the following list of cities in the state of Oregon. If you worked at any of these companies and/or jobsites in Oregon, you may have been exposed to harmful asbestos which is known to cause mesothelioma. Click on any link to view a complete list of jobsites in that city.

Asbestos Exposure at Oregon Jobsites

If someone you know has ever worked at one of the Jobsites listed below, they may have been exposed to high levels of asbestos. Asbestos exposure at any one of these Jobsites could put them at risk for developing one of the following asbestos related diseases: malignant mesothelioma (a terminal cancer), asbestos related lung cancer or asbestosis.

Astoria

  • Astoria Electric Company
  • Astoria High School
  • Astoria Marine Shipyard
  • Clatsop County Fairgrounds
  • Pacific Power and Light Company
  • Tongue Point Naval Shipyard

Bend

  • Bend City Hall
  • Bend Water Light and Power Company
  • Brooks Scanlon Incorporated
  • Brooks Scanlow Inc
  • Brooks Williamette Company
  • Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Company
  • Daw Forest Products
  • Sunrise Utility Company
  • Williamette Company

Coos Bay

  • Coos Bay Cardboard Plant
  • Coos Bay Timber Company
  • Evans Products Company
  • Georgia Pacific Power Company
  • Menasha Paper Company
  • U S Plywood
  • Weyerhauser Paper Mill

Corvallis

  • Camp Adair
  • Gerdings Market
  • Neptune Microfloc, Inc.
  • Oregon State College
  • Oregon State University
  • R.L. Elfstrom Inc.
  • Us War Department

Dallas

  • Mountain States Power Company
  • Willamette National Lumber Company
  • Willamette Valley Lumber Company

Forest Grove

  • Columbia Beauty Shop
  • Farm Boys Market
  • Pacific University
  • Stimson Lumber Company
  • Suburban Pools Incorporated
  • Telephone Equipment Building

Gardiner

  • International Paper Company
  • International Paper Mill

Halsey

  • American Can Company
  • Armstrong Cont & Supplies
  • James River Paper Corporation
  • Pope and Talbot

Junction City

  • Agri Pac
  • Eugene Fruit Growers Association
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Valley Plywood Company

La Grande

  • Boise Cascade Corp
  • Borden Chemical Company
  • E O C
  • Oregon Sugar Company
  • Weyerhaeuser

Lebanon

  • Cascade Plywood Corp
  • Crown Willamette Paper Company
  • Crown Zellerbach Corp
  • Us Plywood Corporation

Marshfield

  • C A Smith Lumber and Manufacturing Company
  • Coos Bay Lumber Company
  • International Cedar Corporation
  • Mountain States Power Company

McMinnville

  • Cascade Steel Rolling Mills

Medford

  • Consolidated Freightways
  • Federal Building
  • Medford Corp
  • Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
  • Post Office
  • Robert Duff Water Treatment Plant
  • Sabroso Company

Newberg

  • Publishers Paper Company
  • Rust Engineering Company
  • Smurfit Corporation
  • Sp Newsprint Company
  • Spalding Pulp & Paper Company
  • Yamhill Electric Company

North Bend

  • Coos Bay Pulp Corporation
  • Menasha Corp
  • Menasha Paper Company
  • Mountain States Power Company
  • Weyerhaeuser Corporation
  • Weyerhaeuser West Coat Inc.

Oregon City

  • Control & Maintenance Building
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Oregon City Jail
  • Publishers Paper Company
  • Smurfit Corporation

Pendleton

  • Bell Telephone
  • Domestic Laundry
  • Eastern Oregon State Hospital
  • Fiberglas Engineering & Supply Company
  • Harris Pine Mills
  • Pendleton Woolen Mills
  • St. Anthony Hospital

Prineville

  • Hudspeth & Rine Inc
  • Miller Lumber
  • Ochoco Lumber Company
  • Prineville Bowling Alley
  • Prineville City Hall
  • US Forest Service

Riddle

  • Hammond Nickel Smelting
  • Hanna Nickel Smelting Company
  • Rosenburg Lumber Company

Roseburg

  • Mar Linn Timber Company
  • Rosenburg Lumber Company
  • U S Plywood Corp

South Portland

  • South Portland Shipyard and Marine Railways Corporation

The Dalles

  • Harvey Aluminum
  • Holding Company Omaha Bridge and Lumber Company
  • Martin-Marietta Aluminum
  • Oregon Washington Railroad and Navigation Company
  • Willamette Valley Lumber Company

Toledo

  • American Can Company
  • Combustion Engineering
  • Georgia Pacific Corporation
  • Georgia Pacific Pulp & Paper
  • Spruce Production Div Plant

Wauna

  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Crown Zellerback Corp
  • James River
  • Wauna Paper Mill

West Linn

  • Crown Willamette Paper Company
  • Crown Zellerbach Paper Mill
  • James River
  • Simpson Paper Company
  • Stafford Elementary School
  • West Linn Paper

White City

  • 3M Company
  • Boise Cascade Corporation
  • Certain Teed
  • Forrest Industries
  • Olson Lawyer Lumber Company

Mesothelioma Cancer Centers in Oregon

For your convenience, we have compiled a list of mesothelioma cancer centers that are located in Oregon. 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.


3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, CR 145
Portland, OR 97239


501 NW Elks Drive
Corvallis, OR 97330

Mesothelioma Doctors in Oregon

We have also compiled a list of mesothelioma doctors that are located in Oregon. Please click on a doctor link to obtain more information about his/her background, areas of expertise, professional affiliations, and office locations.

Dr. Paul H. Schipper
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, L353
Portland, OR 97239

Filing an Asbestos Claim in Oregon

Don’t lose your rights! If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and were exposed to asbestos in Oregon, 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.

Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and their Families

Asbestos Related News in Oregon

First Season of Asbestos Abatement at North Ridge Estates Superfund Site Nears End

The first season of asbestos abatement work at the North Ridge Estates Superfund site in Klamath Falls, Oregon, is drawing to a close. Read more at Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.

Asbestos Cleanup Begins After Natural Gas Explosion

Asbestos clean up has begun at a site in Northwest Portland where a natural gas explosion occurred three months ago.

Asbestos Exposure Across the U.S.

Sources

Krstev, S. et al. “Mortality Among Shipyard Coast Guard Workers: A Retrospective Cohort Study.” Occupational and Environmental Medicine 64 (October 2007): 651-8.

Sorahan, Tom. “Mortality of UK Oil Refinery and Petroleum Distribution Workers, 1951-2003.” Occupational Medicine 57, no. 3 (2007): 177-85.

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