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Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/9/2017

Staying Safe from Asbestos After Natural Disasters

Hurricane season, which extends through the end of November, has already brought great devastation to Gulf and East Coast states, while wildfires are sending ash and toxins into the air as they blaze throughout the Western U.S. As these areas continue their road to recovery with large cleanup efforts, they may be facing other unseen dangers brought to the surface from these storms: toxins like asbestos.

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Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 11/7/2017

Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

When Steve McQueen was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s, it came as a shock to many people. Known as the “King of Cool,” McQueen had been a rising star in the 1960s. He had a rough childhood and a reputation as a “bad boy,” and that background helped him find his way into some of the most popular movies of the time, including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. By the early 1970s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in America.

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Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 11/1/2017

Has the Asbestos Industry Met Its Match? The Latest Update on an Asbestos Ban

Decades of scientific evidence proving the harmful and often fatal effects of asbestos have been overshadowed by a judicial system wrought with legal obstacles that have allowed asbestos to continue to be imported, sold and utilized in the United States.

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Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 10/27/2017

Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

The sequence and timing of many events in life are critical, including cancer treatments. Many cancers, including mesothelioma, are often treated with a multimodal approach. This can consist of two different treatments, like chemotherapy and surgery, or the same type of therapy with different drugs, like the standard chemotherapy combination for mesothelioma of pemetrexed and platinol.

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Reflecting on September’s Mesothelioma Awareness Events and My Biannual Checkup

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 10/24/2017

Reflecting on September’s Mesothelioma Awareness Events and My Biannual Checkup

September always proves to be a busy month for me, and this year was certainly no different! As much as I try to pace myself, it always seems as though all the things happen at once. September is usually busy for one important reason: Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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Presumption Laws: What they Mean for Firefighters Facing Cancer

  • Author: Jennifer Lucarelli
  • Date: 10/18/2017

Presumption Laws: What they Mean for Firefighters Facing Cancer

In recent years, the number of risks firefighters take in their daily jobs have become evident. Beyond the obvious fire and smoke, firefighters are extremely vulnerable to toxic exposure, such as that emanating from asbestos dust and fibers.

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Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 10/16/2017

Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

Many politicians face various highs and lows in their careers. If they’re lucky to be voted into office, it may be very short lived and possibly filled with strong opposition. But Representative Bruce Vento served in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Minnesota from 1977 until his untimely passing in 2000. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Vento began his long political career as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1970.

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Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 10/11/2017

Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder When You Have Cancer

While many rejoice in the change of season, watching the leaves fall and feeling the air grow colder, some Americans instead begin to feel moody and fatigued. As summer changes to fall and continues to progress to winter, some individuals may get the sense that they are in a seasonal funk or have “the winter blues,” when they may actually suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

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Exploring the Global Burden of Mesothelioma

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 10/4/2017

Exploring the Global Burden of Mesothelioma

Despite its dangers, asbestos truly remains a global issue. Even countries like the UK and Australia that have had a ban in effect many years, still see the harmful effects of its past use. Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases pose a global health issue that isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon.

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EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation Shows Strong Support for and Against a Ban

  • Author: Emily Walsh
  • Date: 9/28/2017

EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the midst of a several years long process to investigate ten dangerous chemicals, including asbestos. Over a year ago, the EPA was finally given the authority to evaluate and potentially take action against chemicals that may pose an unnecessarily dangerous risk to public health and the environment with the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Act.

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