When Vice President Joe Biden announced last month that he was not going to seek the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party, he stated that he wanted his legacy to lie in another direction altogether. Specifically, he stated that he would much rather spend his time pursuing a “moon shot” to cure cancer.
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The holiday season is traditionally met with excited anticipation, joy, and gratitude. Families come together, homemade foods are served, and gifts are given and received. However, for many people, even those who are generally content, the holidays bring about stress, anxiety, loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.
Every third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society hosts their Great American Smokeout event as a way to motivate individuals to finally break their smoking habit and triumph over tobacco once and for all. The event brings awareness to the risks of smoking as well as to the variety of tools and resources individuals can use to quit. This day can be used as a day to quit, or a day to draft up a plan to quit.
November is National Caregivers Month, and the subject of caregiving is one that can’t be discussed enough. As a former caregiver, this month gives me an invaluable opportunity to put the focus on the family and friends who stand by, support, and give unselfishly to Mesothelioma Warriors. They too are Warriors themselves, and need support.
Veterans continue to fight a number of battles after returning home. Due to the traumatic experiences and various carcinogenic exposures encountered on active duty, veterans suffer from an array of medical conditions ranging from mental illness to mesothelioma. Beyond that is the challenge of adjusting back to civilian life. This makes honoring America's roughly 22 million veterans all the more important.
This month is dedicated to recognizing the crucial roles that family members and friends play in caring for loved ones who are in some way disabled or have fallen ill. While some patients are under the care of paid caregivers, roughly 75% of all caregivers are unpaid family members and friends.
According to the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. It is appropriate, therefore, that we dedicate an entire month to awareness about this terrible disease.
When many people think of 3D printing, they typically think of some high-tech science fiction device that can almost magically make things appear – or they think of it as little more than a new way to make cheap tchotchkes like keychains or phone cases.