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How Cutting Funds to the EPA Could Affect Mesothelioma Survivors

  • Author: Heather Von St. James
  • Date: 5/8/2017

How Cutting Funds to the EPA

Through my years blogging for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, I have had some pretty amazing opportunities to get my story out there through blogs, opinion pieces, and most recently an interview and video with Greenpeace. Why Greenpeace you might ask? What does an organization better known for saving the whales have to do with mesothelioma and asbestos?

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Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/3/2017

Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

The mesothelioma community is mourning the recent loss of a true warrior, Louise “Lou” Williams. Lou was first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2003, and again faced pleural mesothelioma in 2009. After a nearly 15-year battle, the aggressive cancer unfortunately won.

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MCA Observes World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/28/2017

MCA Observes World Day for Safety

People all over the globe face various health risks at work every day. World Day for Safety and Health at Work, observed on April 28th, was created by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2003 to raise awareness for occupational illnesses and injuries. The ILO estimates that over 2 million people die each year globally from an occupational injury or illness. With better safety and preventive measures, these numbers can surely decline.

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Life After Cancer: What Survivorship Means for These Individuals

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 4/27/2017

Life After Cancer

The word survivor can mean many things. For those in the cancer community, survivorship is a broad spectrum of living with cancer and goes far beyond the original diagnosis. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer survivors are living longer than ever. In 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million survivors: 67% of them were survivors of 5 or more years, and 17% had survived at least 20 years. By 2026, it is expected that there will be over 20 million cancer survivors in the U.S. alone.

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Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor Has High Hopes for Preoperative Immunotherapy

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/21/2017

Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor

Mesothelioma is known for having a very poor prognosis. Caused by asbestos exposure, symptoms often don’t begin to show until 20 – 50 years later. Unfortunately, this long latency period means many patients aren’t diagnosed until the disease has progressed to a later stage.

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Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment: What to Know

  • Author: Jillian McKee
  • Date: 4/18/2017

Health Insurance for Cancer Treatment

In some ways, a battle with cancer today goes well beyond fighting the disease itself. Patients also face the hardship of affording increasingly expensive treatments on top of all the usual bills. And if that isn’t bad enough, it looks like the costs of cancer treatment aren’t coming down anytime soon. A study from 2014 found the annual cost of a cancer drug was over $120,000, and estimated that it would continue rising each year by 7.5 – 10.5% until at least 2020.

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Living with Mesothelioma: Claire Cowley Shares Her Husband’s Journey

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 4/12/2017

Claire Cowley Shares Her Husband’s Journey

In 2012, Paul Cowley was a working dad living a normal life. He lived in Ely, Cambridgeshire, with his wife Claire and their 20-month-old son, Ethan. Paul was just 34 years old, and seemed perfectly healthy and active. So when the doctors told him and Claire that he might have cancer, they couldn’t believe it. Learning he had pleural mesothelioma, the family was completely shocked and devastated.

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Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine Brought to U.S. for New Clinical Trial

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 4/7/2017

Cuban Lung Cancer Vaccine

In the past, a collaboration between the United States and Cuba seemed unlikely. But with former President Barack Obama restoring diplomatic relations with the island nation last year, an important new clinical trial will soon be under way.

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Global Asbestos Awareness Week: Education and Advocacy for an Asbestos Ban

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 4/5/2017

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

Every day, it seems there are more stories in the news about asbestos exposure in various communities across the globe. It’s a lurking threat that won’t simply go away. Even though at least 58 countries have now banned the toxin, it’s still being used in about 70% of the world, including the United States.

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Considering a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Mesothelioma

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/3/2017

Workers’ Compensation Claim

Throughout the world, people face many hazards through their daily work. Many of these hazards go unnoticed until it’s too late, like asbestos exposure. The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos through their occupations each year.

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