One year ago today, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), along with three co-sponsors, introduced a bill to update the decades-old federal law that governs toxic chemicals – including asbestos. Just two days ago, that bill jumped over a major hurdle with the passage of an amendment that incorporates a number of changes suggested by the Senate. Now, it returns to the Senate for a final vote before, hopefully, being sent to President Obama to be signed into law.
MCA Staff Writers
Presenting Up-to-Date Mesothelioma Topics
On Friday, June 3rd, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will host its first National Cancer Survivors Day Tweet Chat. National Cancer Survivors Day (Sunday, June 5) is an annual celebration of life that centers around survivorship the first Sunday of June. According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, it is “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.”
As early as the 1890s, the link between asbestos inhalation and lung-related disease was established. What makes mesothelioma a particularly tragic disease is the fact that it’s preventable, because the cause is known. While oncologists and surgeons focus on how to treat mesothelioma, there are scientists who are primarily concerned with identifying the cause. Arthur Frank, MD, PhD, is one of those individuals.
Mesothelioma is often considered an old man’s disease. While it’s true that a higher percentage of older men develop this rare and deadly cancer than other groups of people, there are many ways in which children and teenagers can be exposed to asbestos and develop mesothelioma at a young age.
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.
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.
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.