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Emily Walsh

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8 Mesothelioma Myths and Misconceptions

8 Mesothelioma Myths and Misconceptions

As a rare disease, mesothelioma is misunderstood by many. Throughout the years, common misconceptions have spread about mesothelioma, challenging diagnosis and awareness. Understanding the facts about mesothelioma can help individuals avoid potential risk factors and recognize any early symptoms to ensure early detection, a broad range of treatment options, and a better life expectancy.

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Immunotherapy vs. Chemotherapy

Immunotherapy vs. Chemotherapy

Immunotherapy and chemotherapy are both techniques used to treat cancer. The difference between each treatment option can be unclear; however, the main differentiating factor is the way in which these treatments target cancer. Chemotherapy uses drugs to target and kill fast-growing cells, and immunotherapy uses the body’s immune system to slow, stop, and kill cancerous cells.

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HIPEC Success Rate for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

HIPEC Success Rate for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients

In recent years, mesothelioma survival rates have slowly been improving, thanks to advancements in diagnostic methods and new treatments. Peritoneal mesothelioma patients in particular have seen much improved survival rates, largely due to the success of a newer treatment called hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy or HIPEC.

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What Does Cancer Remission Mean?

What Does Cancer Remission Mean?

Though there is still no cure for cancer, there are more cancer survivors than ever. With the most recent data, the National Cancer Institute estimated there were over 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States in 2016. This is expected to grow to over 20 million within the next eight years.

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Asbestos Litigation: A Short Guide

Asbestos Litigation: A Short Guide

Asbestos has a long, complicated history around the world. The mineral has been in use for hundreds of years because of its notable properties. Its fire and chemical resistance led to a booming asbestos industry, one that is still worth millions of dollars each year in certain parts of the world.

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Asbestos in Drinking Water: The Danger of Old Asbestos Pipes and Natural Disasters

The Danger of Old Asbestos Pipes and Natural Disasters | Mesothelioma.com

Asbestos is largely viewed as a concern when airborne fibers are inhaled. Studies have shown most mesothelioma cases and other asbestos-related diseases are largely caused from inhalation of the toxic fibers. However, ingestion is another prominent concern, especially in cases of peritoneal mesothelioma.

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How Brazil’s Asbestos Ban Impacts the Rest of the World

How Brazil’s Asbestos Ban Impacts the Rest of the World

In the battle to ban asbestos across the globe, advocates have faced many challenges and setbacks. Still today, the majority of the world allows the mineral to be used, with only about 62 nations having banned the toxin so far. The asbestos industry is still booming in certain countries, most notably in Russia, the top producer of asbestos in the world. In other nations, like China and India, production of the toxin continues to grow massively each year.

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Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

When Steve McQueen was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s, it came as a shock to many people. Known as the “King of Cool,” McQueen had been a rising star in the 1960s. He had a rough childhood and a reputation as a “bad boy,” and that background helped him find his way into some of the most popular movies of the time, including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. By the early 1970s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in America.

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EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation Shows Strong Support for and Against a Ban

EPA’s Asbestos Evaluation

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the midst of a several years long process to investigate ten dangerous chemicals, including asbestos. Over a year ago, the EPA was finally given the authority to evaluate and potentially take action against chemicals that may pose an unnecessarily dangerous risk to public health and the environment with the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Act.

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The Growing Global Asbestos Trade

The Growing Global Asbestos Trade

So many people still believe asbestos is a thing of the past. It was used in construction and various products for centuries, and countless individuals believe now that its dangers are known, the toxin has been banned. Sadly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is asbestos still being used in approximately 70% of the world, but some countries still rely heavily on the import and export of the mineral.

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