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National Poison Prevention Week: Household Toxins to Avoid

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/22/2017

National Poison Prevention Week 2

When we think of the word home, it’s generally associated with warmth, family, a safe place. But we have to consider the dangerous toxins that might be lurking in our beloved homes. Whether it’s the potential for asbestos in its construction or BPA in the water bottles in your fridge, there are unfortunately numerous risks we face daily without even realizing.

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The Benefits of Palliative Care: Managing Pain, Discomfort and Quality of Life

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 3/1/2017

Palliative Care

If you’re reading this, there’s a chance you or someone you know is facing a chronic condition. Whether it’s dementia, heart disease, or some type of cancer – such as mesothelioma – taking the next step to determine what treatment is available or appropriate is an important and often difficult decision. For many people battling a chronic disease, palliative care may be the most appropriate option for them to consider.

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Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Somer Greene

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/18/2017

Somer Greene

We are happy to announce the winner of the Spring 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Somer Greene.

Somer is a survivor of Hereditary Gastric Carcinoma, which is a form of stomach cancer that is passed along genetically through a mutation of the CDH1 gene. While not everyone with the mutation develops cancer, those who have it also might have a higher chance of developing the disease.

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Keytruda, Lung Cancer, and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 12/22/2016

Keytruda - Clinical Trials

Keytruda (also known as pembrolizumab) is a new cancer-fighting drug that is making a big splash. Introduced by the pharmaceutical company Merck, Keytruda belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. Unlike traditional chemotherapy drugs Monoclonal antibodies are specialized proteins that are part of the body’s own immune system.

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3 Facts about Veterans and Mesothelioma

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/11/2016

Celebrating Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we look to those who have served our country to be reminded of the sacrifice they gave for us. Their dedication to preserving our democratic way of life and the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis are worth remember throughout the year, but this one day gives us time to step back and consider what that really means. For many people, the recent election solidifies that reality even more, regardless of who they voted for and the outcome that came out of it.

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Exploring the EPA’s New Power to Ban Asbestos

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 11/2/2016

Asbestos Removal

It’s been more than four months since President Barack Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Act into action, amending parts of the Toxic Substances Control Act and requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate chemicals with a new eye toward safety.

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New Debt Collection Rules Could Help Mesothelioma Patients and Their Families

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 9/30/2016

Debt Collection

There’s no doubt about it: The cost of mesothelioma treatment can be very high. Such high costs can leave many patients and their families with the question of how to pay for such therapies. And in a lot of cases, the only option may be going into debt.

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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Carol Mata

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 5/13/2016

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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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Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner: Termeh Khoshniat

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 1/14/2016

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We are thrilled to announce the third recipient of the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: Termeh Khoshniat.

In 2008, when Termeh was 16 years old, her mother became severely ill. After years of tests, deteriorating health, and multiple diagnoses, her mother was officially diagnosed with stage II mesothelioma in 2013. From that day forward, Termeh became her mother’s sole, state-appointed caretaker. Her story of courage and perseverance left us humbled and speechless.

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Keeping an Eye on the FACT Act

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 9/2/2015

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When it comes to compensation for the harm that asbestos has done, it would seem everyone from each side of the aisle would want victims to receive a fair amount. However, as the continued progress of the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (FACT Act) shows, that seems not to be the case.

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About David

  • Joined MCA in 2011
  • Cancer support group and awareness program advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
  • Focuses on creative fitness ideas for those dealing with cancer
  • Researches valuable programs for our site visitors

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March 27, 2017
Bethesda, MD

International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma

“The 2017 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is an event organized by the Meso Foundation in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Symposium will be held from March 27th through March 29th of 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda with daytime conference sessions taking place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.”


4/1/2017
CrossFit OSC, Greer, South Carolina

1st Annual OSC Barbell Rodeo CrossFit Competition

“CrossFit OSC is hosting its 1st Annual OSC Barbell Rodeo CrossFit Competition in memory of Emily Brown Kocis, sister of OSC member Phil Brown. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. To learn more on how to participate, please visit the link to the event's page below.”

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