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We are happy to announce that the fourth Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship will be awarded to Carol Mata, a biomedical engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.

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2 0 1 6 May 12

Asbestos in Sky Lanterns – A Genuine Concern

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Sky lanterns, also called paper or Chinese lanterns, are often used at celebrations to light up the sky. Although they are beautiful to watch float up into the air with their flickering lights, what goes up must come down. As it is, there are several concerns about the safety of sky lanterns, including the hazard they pose when they come back to the ground, due to the asbestos content in some of these products.

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What would you do if it turned out the job you love could also kill you? That’s not just a possibility for soldiers, police officers, and others in relatively dangerous professions. For Patricia Powell Hargrett, a public school teacher for a quarter of a century, it became a reality when she was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma.

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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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2 0 1 6 Apr 19

Finding Purpose After Losing Everything

Now what?

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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Time has shown us, sharing makes us stronger. Today, I need your help.

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.

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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.

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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.

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