The cancer community is all too familiar with the notion that cancer does not discriminate in who it affects. Often thought of as a disease for blue collar older men, mesothelioma has proven that it too does not discern between who is affected; the cause always comes back to asbestos exposure.
Community Outreach Director
Mesothelioma -- a long word you may have heard on a commercial or two, but do you know what it means? This rare and deadly cancer is sadly lacking awareness. In honor of Mesothelioma Awareness Day this September 26, read on for the top 8 things you don’t know about this cancer, but should. Then share them. The key to saving lives starts with education.
As the phrase “Stay Strong Boston” echoes through the city of Boston, as well as the country, patients who lost limbs in the devestating Boston Marathon bombing are trying to do just that. A week after the heinous attack, 48 people remain hospitalized and at least 13 survivors lost a limb. These victims are being treated at various hospitals in the Boston area, which include Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Our nation’s veterans are the population most at risk for developing mesothelioma. Because asbestos exposure was unavoidable for many, mesothelioma is still one of the most deadly diseases that affect veterans even today.
Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer that few people survive. This disease has made the news in recent years due to lawsuits filed against companies that do not disclose their knowledge of the potential toxic results of asbestos exposure.
During the peak exposure years of 1930 to 1970, many American veterans were told not to worry about the potential health effects of asbestos, Agent Orange or ionizing radiation exposure. Even so, asbestos was one of the top contaminants within army installations as late as 1990. It was only new construction and products that were discontinued in the late 1970s. Today, those same service men and women continue to be in danger from past exposures to many military-related asbestos applications.
Military service is crucial to ensure the success of the United States. Fortunately, citizens of the United States volunteer willfully and a draft has not been necessary since the Vietnam War. While the nation strives to offer those who serve proper compensation, there are a number of risks involved with service. While some are clear to those who sign up, others are relatively unknown.
What better time to discuss love, marriage and commitment than February, the month in which Valentine’s Day is celebrated. For those couples that hesitated to make the emotional commitment of matrimony the previous Christmas season, this is their second opportunity to do so during a holiday that’s sole focus is love and happiness.
We are incredibly lucky to have such an active, supportive & selfless social media community dedicated to increasing awareness of cancer and the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance (MCA). The MCA Advocate of the Month Program was created with the intention of rewarding our most active community members with highly publicized recognition (not to mention some great prizes!) and incentivizing those who may be new to our community to become involved & assist in raising cancer awareness! Together, WE REFUSE DEFEAT!