Two years ago, Wolverhampton model Ricki Hall was deemed as having the most influential hair in Britain. While his bushy beard and extensive tattoos catapulted him in the public eye, he is now harnessing that fame for a fundraising event he’s calling “The Big Beard Shave Off.” His mission? To direct much-needed attention to a cause that hits close to home: fighting mesothelioma.
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That’s what I asked myself as I sat in my car in the parking lot of the cancer center. I had just finished my last radiation treatment, and for the first time in almost a year, I had no more chemotherapy or radiation treatments to go to. I was done. And I was lost.
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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is honored to present at the 2016 Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) at Yale University for the third year in a row.
This past weekend, members of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance had the pleasure of attending the 12th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference in Washington D.C. The weekend conference (April 8-10) included 40 speakers from 10 different countries — countless family members, workers, individuals and organizations affected by asbestos. As a participant in the event, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance live tweeted the presentations to connect the insights of the conference to our audience on social media. The theme of the 2016 conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” focused on medical advancements, prevention techniques, and global advocacy.
Because there is currently no cure for cancer, one of the most important things we can do as individuals and as a society is to promote research and development efforts that are looking at alternative and emerging cancer treatments, in the hopes that one day they will lead to a cure.
For many patients who fall ill, hope arrives swiftly in the form of treatment options that promise to eradicate whatever disease from their body. However, there are those patients who receive the news that no one wants or plans to hear: There is no cure. A disease that cannot be cured or that is likely to end someone’s life is known as a terminal illness, and the sufferer is a terminal patient.
Earlier this year, Termeh Khoshniat was awarded the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship based on the essay she wrote about being a caregiver for her mother, who was diagnosed with Stage 2 mesothelioma when Termeh was only 16 years old.
April 1-7, Global Asbestos Awareness Week (GAAW), is a powerful opportunity for experts, activists, advocates, and asbestos victims to come together and raise awareness about asbestos, a known carcinogen of which there is no safe amount of exposure, and which has yet to be banned in the United States, Canada, and many other countries in the world.