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Stress awareness tips for cancer diagnosis and treatment

A cancer diagnosis sends chills down most people’s spine and triggers much stress. The stress can appear as fear, brain overload, slowness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, worry about one’s life and loved ones, less interest in life, and occasionally nausea, and vomiting. Some people feel the stress as a hassled feeling of not enough time to get everything done, reliving regrets, and wanting to spend more time with family and friends.

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2 0 1 4Apr01

Advocate of the Month - April 2014

April Advocate Sara

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Sara Gapasin for sharing her story about how asbestos exposure affected her family's life as the April Advocate of the Month. Asbestos-related cancer took the life of her grandfather, breast cancer claimed her grandmother, and Sara also lives with her own disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Being no stranger to health adversity, Sara still shares a message of hope. Read on to learn Sara's story and share it to help raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos.

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2 0 1 4Mar31

A Closer Look: Understanding Clinical Trials

Understanding clinical trials

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may consider participating in a clinical trial.

Generally, clinical trials test experimental drugs and treatments and aim to develop new ways of detecting and diagnosing a disease. Doctors use clinical trials to determine whether a new treatment works and is safe—in fact, all new drugs and devices must go through a clinical trial before they are approved by the FDA.

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2 0 1 4Mar24

Eat to Defeat: 7 Immune Boosting Foods

Immune boosting foods

There is an abundance of research demonstrating the importance of a strong immune system in the fight against mesothelioma and other types of cancer. Including a variety of immune-boosting foods can help you fight off the disease or prevent it from taking root in the first place. In general, a diet based mostly around plants, which includes many different colors of fruits and vegetables, will provide you with a good balance of nutrients and antioxidants. But if you’re looking for an extra boost, here are seven immune-boosting foods you can make sure to have in your diet.

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2 0 1 4Mar20

The Impact of Asbestos Use Worldwide

Impact of asbestos

Although the danger of asbestos was acknowledged decades ago, and although the mineral is entirely or mostly banned in most industrialized nations, the world is still feelings the effects of asbestos use. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), deaths from asbestos-related disease worldwide increased from 90,000 in 2006 to 107,000 in 2010. These are deaths from lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis caused by asbestos exposure, mostly in the workplace. As many as one in three deaths from occupational cancer may be caused by asbestos WHO says. Several thousand more deaths annually can be attributed to exposure to asbestos in the home.

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2 0 1 4Mar17

From Awareness Grows Hope - Kicking Off Asbestos Awareness Week 2014

Heather

Every year, 3000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma.

In 2005, I was one of them.

I had never worked with asbestos, but my father did, and secondhand exposure as a child was enough to make me sick decades later. I was lucky, able to make a miraculous recovery through surgery. But I experienced for myself the fear, pain and suffering this disease can cause, and I believe I’ve found my calling fighting for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases.

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2 0 1 4Mar13

Why the "Loser Pays" Provision Means No One Wins

Under the Law Code of Hammurabi, which dates to about 1772 BC, if Bob accused Jim of a capital crime but failed to prove his case, Bob would be put to death. And since just about everything — including serving watered-down beer — was a capital crime in those days, one suspects Hammurabi’s judges had a lot of free time on their hands. The cause of justice may not have been well served, however.

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Stephan Schmidheiny Image

Stephan Schmidheiny is a Swiss billionaire who was born into the Swiss industrial empire, Eternit Switzerland. In 1976, at age 29, Stephan Schmidheiny took over leadership of the family business. At the time, Eternit Switzerland was a large manufacturer of asbestos-containing cement products with plants located throughout Europe and Latin America.

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2 0 1 4Mar03

Advocate of the Month - March 2014

Cheree Elizabeth

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Cheree Elizabeth for sharing her personal story about how mesothelioma affected her grandfather, as well as sharing her own cancer journey, as the March Advocate of the Month. Please share Cheree's story and her message of living a clean lifestyle free of toxins like asbestos.

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2 0 1 4Feb24

Who is Behind the FACT Act?

The big businesses behind the FACT Act

In November 2013 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act. The bill then was referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which is expected to hold hearings on it sometime in 2014.

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2 0 1 4Feb20

Smashing Fears & Building Traditions - Lung Leavin' Day Recap

Throw your fears to the fire

Eight years. I still find it hard to believe sometimes.

That first year—the one-year mark of Lung Leavin’ Day—it was just Cams and me, outside by a little bonfire on a freezing cold night, writing our fears on a plate. Mine had everything to do with cancer, since surgery was so fresh in my mind. I didn’t read his plate; they’re his fears to smash, not mine. When we were finished writing we both took a breath and shattered our plates in the flames. With that, a tradition was born.

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Dr. Brenda Buck examines rocks for naturally occurring asbestos Image Source: Dr. Buck & colleague examine rocks for NOA

The recent discovery of windblown asbestos dust near Las Vegas, NV has drawn new attention to the phenomenon of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA). Dr. Brenda Buck, a UNLV geologist, was testing for arsenic and other toxic chemicals when she unexpectedly found a different, but equally dangerous, substance: actinolite, one of six minerals categorized as asbestos. She and her colleagues published a paper last year detailing their findings, which focused on the area around Boulder City, a small town 20 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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2 0 1 4Feb10

Being a Wise Health Care Consumer

Wise Health Care Consumer Month

February is Wise Health Care Consumer Month, says the American Institute of Preventative Medicine. But why?

The argument is that if more people become smarter health care shoppers, this by itself could “bend the curve” of our rising health care costs, slowing the rate at which costs increase. Too many people have been getting unnecessary diagnostic tests and treatments, it is said, which means more money spent on health care.

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2014 Winter Olympics AP Image

With a final bill expected to surpass $50 billion dollars, the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia are going to be the most expensive of all time by several times. Russian President Vladimir Putin is intent on using the Olympics to advance the country’s standing on a global stage, and that, combined with endemic corruption leading to kickbacks and overcharging, has helped drive the tremendous expense of the games.

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2 0 1 4Jan28

5 Tips on Caregiving for a Bedridden Loved One

Caregiving for a bedridden loved one

For some cancer patients, their disease can render them bedridden at times. Treatments and physical effects of cancers like mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases can really limit a patient’s ability to perform normal physical activities. The role of a caregiver can often be a trying one, but can become especially so if the loved one they are caring for is bedridden.

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2 0 1 4Jan23

Help Running Out for 9/11 First Responders?

World Trade Center

It has been two years since Congress passed the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. President Obama signed the Act into law on January 2, 2012. The law provides health care and other compensation to the growing number of 9/11 first responders who are gravely ill from exposure to Ground Zero toxins.

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Spa Treatments

As any cancer patient knows, one of the many terrible things about the disease is how unpleasant the treatment can be. By design, chemotherapy drugs attack cells that rapidly divide. That includes cancer cells, but it also affects normal cells like hair, bone marrow, and fingernails. For that reason, chemotherapy and radiation therapy have a range of debilitating side effects, including:

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LungLeavin' Day 2014

The MCA's very own Heather Von St. James is spearheading an awareness effort on behalf of mesothelioma victims by sharing her personal holiday, LungLeavin' Day. LungLeavin' Day started out as a personal celebration in the beginning of February between Heather and her husband Cameron to recognize each year Heather remained cancer-free, but has now turned into a celebration of life and overcoming fears with many family members, friends and cancer survivors. LungLeavin' Day is not just for cancer survivors though, it is a day for anyone who desires to take control of their lives and throw their fears to the fire. Read our interview with Heather below, check out her new page and share with your loved ones!

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2 0 1 4Jan08

Streamlining Environmental Disaster in Wisconsin

Environmental turmoil in Wisconsin

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." — Upton Sinclair

A Florida-based company called Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) wants to dig the world’s biggest open-pit iron mine in the Penokee Hills of northern Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s governor and the Republican majority in the Wisconsin legislature want the mine to be dug. Environmentalists, and the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe, do not.

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2 0 1 4Jan06

Eat to Defeat: Cleansing in the New Year

Cleansing

For some, the turn of the New Year brings resolutions and promises to make positive lifestyle changes. With that fact, January is aptly named National Staying Healthy month. Popular New Year’s resolutions generally follow the trend of getting healthy and staying healthy like losing weight, getting fit, and quitting smoking. With so many health-focused goals, a good way to kick off your year is to start with a cleanse. We live in a world full of toxins-- in our foods, in our products and in the air-- so a great way to jumpstart the year is to cleanse your body of as many toxins as you can.

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