Senator Urged to Correct Error Made in Debate Regarding Asbestos and Colon Cancer

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The onset of colon cancer has long been linked to a history of asbestos exposure, despite remarks to the contrary by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) while debating proposed asbestos legislation, S. 852.

Gilbert Purcell, senior trial partner at the law firm of Brayton Purcell, has called on Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) to correct a misstatement that he made on the Senate floor regarding asbestos and colon cancer. While debating proposed asbestos legislation, S. 852, Sen. Coburn stated that “no science supports any association between colorectal cancer and asbestos exposure.”

That statement is incorrect, Mr. Purcell says. Rather, the onset of colon cancer has long been linked to a history of asbestos exposure. In a letter to Sen. Coburn, he points to a federal rule, evidence from medical journals, and a medical report by a respected medical expert, Dr. Irwin Stoloff, to refute the Senator’s remark. (See Mr. Purcell’s letter, along with supporting documents on the Brayton Purcell web site at

S. 852 Would Create An Inadequate Compensation Fund for Asbestos Victims

S. 852 would create an inadequate trust fund for those suffering from asbestos diseases, yet deprive them of their day in court. It also sets up arbitrary, unfair medical criteria for determining who can collect damages for asbestos exposure. Under the bill, patients with colon cancer who were exposed to asbestos would not receive compensation. Brayton Purcell has fought long and hard against S. 852, which we believe harms asbestos victims, while bailing out asbestos-affiliated companies.

About Brayton Purcell

For over 20 years, Brayton Purcell has helped clients protect their legal rights in the face of devastating losses such as illness, injuries, and harm to family members. The law firm enjoys a national reputation for the high quality of its personal injury and product liability work, particularly in the area of asbestos litigation. For more information, call 415-898-1555 or visit the firm web site at

For information about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases, see the firm’s web sites, Mesothelioma Network, and Asbestos Network,

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