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Mesothelioma.com works hard to offer current, factual information about mesothelioma cancer and the risks of asbestos exposure. We have created our editorial guidelines to facilitate our goal of providing reliable and scientifically backed information on mesothelioma.


Mesothelioma and Asbestos Information

The Mesothelioma.com website is designed to be used by several different audiences, including mesothelioma patients, loved ones, advocates, members of the broader cancer community, and others who visit our site. With that in mind, we cover topics related to the interests of our primary audiences so that they can access the details they need without having to look elsewhere.

Our website is divided into five main sections to help visitors easily access the information they are looking for:

  • Mesothelioma: Information about mesothelioma cancer, including its symptoms, causes, different types, stages, diagnostic details, and other related information.
  • Treatment: Descriptions of the various therapy options available, including traditional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as clinical trials, experimental treatments, alternative treatments, along with a searchable database with contact information for doctors and cancer centers.
  • Asbestos Exposure: Detailed profiles of the products, companies, and occupations that can cause asbestos exposure, as well as other information about asbestos risks.
  • Veterans: Because veterans make up one of the largest groups affected by mesothelioma, we provide special resources for those who have served in the military.
  • Legal Help: Information about how to file a legal claim related to your mesothelioma diagnosis, such as workers’ compensation, asbestos trust funds, settlements, verdicts, and other legal options that may be available.
  • Blog: Weekly articles and interviews that offer inspiration and hope for mesothelioma patients, survivors, family members, and those in the broader cancer community.

We do not publish topics outside of these areas.

Editorial Process

Mesothelioma.com is a team of professional writers and editors dedicated to making sure our content is well-researched, fact-based, and easy to read. We adhere to the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists when writing all content for Mesothelioma.com.

We use a rigorous process to develop our pages, blog posts, and news articles:

  • In-depth review of medical literature, government publications, and news reports on the relevant topic.
  • Writing by one of our experienced writers in an accessible and comprehensible style.
  • Editing by a member of our editorial team to check facts and ensure the piece is accurate.
  • Review by a subject-matter expert to ensure accuracy.
  • Final review by the Editor-in-Chief to guarantee consistency across the site.

We also look at content across different devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) to make sure it can be seen easily on all screens.

Medical Fact-Check Process

We understand the importance of having the most accurate, reliable and updated medical information possible for mesothelioma patients and their loved ones. For all pieces of content, whether new pages, rewrites or updates, we have implemented a rigorous medical review process that entails:

  • Use only the most recent medical, governmental and non-profit resources when writing (see more information on sources below)
  • Review the page through our internal editorial fact-check process
  • Send the page to a qualified mesothelioma expert to review for accuracy

Sources and Citations

We cite a variety of reputable sources in our pages, blog posts, and news articles to ensure accuracy and allow readers to seek out additional information if they choose to do so. Some of the sources we use include:

  • Medical Journals: We review medical literature to find studies about mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment, and other effects of asbestos.
  • Media Outlets: We monitor highly regarded newspapers, magazines, trade publications, and award-winning blogs for late-breaking news and information.
  • Nonprofit Organizations: We get statistics, facts, and event details from organizations like the American Cancer Society, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.
  • Regulatory Agencies: We study publications and research from regulatory agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), among others.

We generally follow the American Medical Association Manual of Style for all sources cited at the bottom of our pages. Sources for blog posts and news articles are linked within the text of the article. We review our sources as part of our ongoing review process to fix any broken links and confirm that we are referencing the most current materials.

Content Review, Updating, and Removal

We are constantly going through our website to ensure that the quality and accuracy of the information is up to current standards. When we identify content that is outdated or no longer accurate, our editorial board will decide on one of the following courses of actions:

  • Update: For new information or minor corrections, we will update the page as soon as possible, making the specific changes necessary.
  • Rewrite: Sometimes, we may need to rewrite a page completely. In this case, we will research and write the page from scratch, putting it through our entire editorial process.
  • Removal: On occasion, we may remove content from our site if it is no longer relevant to our mission or it does not meet our standards of quality.

The date that the page was last updated is indicated on the bottom of each page. Note that we generally do not update blog posts and news articles, given their timely nature.

Content Collaborators

All of the content on Mesothelioma.com is written by staff or contract writers. On occasion, we may publish a blog post written by a cancer survivor, doctor, or another collaborator whom we have reached out to. We require collaborators to adhere to the same editorial standards and procedures as staff and contract writers. Mesothelioma.com does not accept unsolicited content for publication.

Corrections

Our editorial process helps to ensure that the content on Mesothelioma.com is correct and complete, to the extent possible. However, from time to time an inaccuracy may slip through and make its way onto the site.

If you believe that you have discovered an inaccuracy on Mesothelioma.com, please notify us by emailing Editor-in-Chief Linda Molinari at [email protected].

Editorial Independence

Mesothelioma.com does not accept money from advertising, and advertisers do not influence publication decisions made by the editorial team of this website. Although Mesothelioma.com is sponsored by James F. Early, LLC, this website is independently owned and operated. The law firm does not control the content we publish, though at times we may ask for input from experts provided by the law firm to confirm the accuracy of independently researched and written content.

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