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How to Stay Safe During Asbestos Cleanups

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 7/14/2017

How to Stay Safe During Asbestos Cleanups

Stories about asbestos seem to be a permanent fixture in the news. Communities across the nation discover asbestos in various buildings and schools or hear about asbestos being improperly disposed of. It’s a serious threat that won’t disappear easily.

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Avoid Asbestos and Other Hazards During Home Improvement

  • Author: David Haas
  • Date: 5/24/2017

Avoid Asbestos and Other Hazards During Home Improvement

Spring is the prime time for home improvement projects. Many take the opportunity to clean out their closets, upgrade decor, and tackle a deep cleaning. Others also take advantage of the better weather to take on bigger projects, like renovations.

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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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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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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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July 31, 2017
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ASTM Johnson Conference

“The Johnson Conference has served as a forum for the discussion of asbestos issues. The conference will consist of 9 sessions including information on medical research, sampling exposure assessment, regulatory perspectives, legal aspects, and more. To learn more about attending, please visit the event's page below. ”


9/1/2017
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