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What to Do if You Are Exposed to Asbestos

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 4/6/2018

What to Do if You Are Exposed to Asbestos

Asbestos is too often thought of as a danger of the past. The unfortunate reality is that not only is asbestos not banned in the United States or the majority of the world, but its heavy past uses still linger in thousands of buildings and homes and put the public at risk of continued exposure.

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How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 2/22/2018

How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

Though there is better awareness around asbestos and its dangers in recent years, there are still many misconceptions around the mineral and its health risks. Education on the toxin itself, like places it may be found naturally and the many asbestos products used in the past and present, as well as the asbestos-related diseases that may develop as a result of exposure are vital to prevention.

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New Asbestos-Detecting Microscope Could Improve Abatement Process

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 1/19/2018

New Asbestos-Detecting Microscope Could Improve Abatement Process

Asbestos abatement procedures have been the same for many years in most of the world. Even countries like Australia that have bans in place still face the threat of the toxin because of the costs of abatement, the magnitude of older buildings and homes built with the toxin, and the testing and removal process not getting necessary updates to improve.

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Talcum Powder Lawsuits: How Asbestos-Contaminated Talc Harms People

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 11/22/2017

Talcum Powder Lawsuits: How Asbestos-Contaminated Talc Harms People

Talcum powder lawsuits have been a hot topic lately, especially as new documents reveal that Johnson & Johnson, a defendant in many of these cases, may have been aware of the toxic contaminants in their products all along. Court documents revealed that the company explicitly trained their employees to always reassure any concerned consumers that the products never contained any asbestos, despite knowing for decades that their talc had been contaminated.

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Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 10/27/2017

Combination Immunotherapy: Finding the Right Sequence and Timing

The sequence and timing of many events in life are critical, including cancer treatments. Many cancers, including mesothelioma, are often treated with a multimodal approach. This can consist of two different treatments, like chemotherapy and surgery, or the same type of therapy with different drugs, like the standard chemotherapy combination for mesothelioma of pemetrexed and platinol.

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Join The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in ADAO’s #ENDMeso Tweetchat

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 9/25/2017

Join The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance in ADAO’s #ENDMeso Tweetchat

Mesothelioma Awareness Day is almost here! Each year on September 26th, survivors, advocates, patients and their loved ones, experts and various organizations come together to bring awareness to mesothelioma and the mineral that causes it. Just like in years past, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance will be participating in the #ENDMeso tweetchat hosted by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) on Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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Scientists Discover Possible Genetic Link for Mesothelioma in Young Adults

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 7/20/2017

Scientists Discover Possible Genetic Link for Mesothelioma in Young Adults

The link between a cancer diagnosis and one’s genetics has been an important aspect of research for years. Many think of the link in terms of hereditary cases, that is if a type of cancer runs in the family because of a certain gene mutation. But the role of genetics in cancer goes far beyond deciding a person’s inherited risk.

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Medical Marijuana for Cancer: What to Know

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 7/19/2017

Medical Marijuana for Cancer

Herbs and plants were the original treatments for many illnesses and injuries people faced. As such, cannabis or marijuana use dates back centuries. It popped up in Western medicine in the 19th century as a means of relieving pain, inflammation, and spasms.

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The Challenges of Research in Immunotherapy

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 6/16/2017

The Challenges of Research in Immunotherapy

Cancer research has made great advancements in recent years with emerging treatments like immunotherapy. Harnessing the immune system in different ways to better combat cancer has proven effective for a variety of cancer types, including mesothelioma. But there is still a lot of work ahead to truly understand how the treatment can be most effective.

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The Importance of Cancer Research in Immunotherapy

  • Author: Jackie Clark
  • Date: 6/12/2017

The Importance of Cancer Research in Immunotherapy

Our immune system is a powerhouse that works hard constantly to protect the body from disease. In a fight against cancer, researchers have found great potential in harnessing and boosting the efforts of the immune system to attack the cancer cells. This treatment, known as immunotherapy, is still developing but has shown promise for a number of cancers already.

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About Jackie

  • Joined MCA in 2009
  • Manages the MCA Advocate of the Month Program
  • Develops medical content and outreach initiatives
  • Specializes in alternative therapies, cancer support initiatives and social media campaigns

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