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Spring 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Sirena Cordova

Spring 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Sirena Cordova

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the Spring 2018 Scholarship, Sirena Cordova.

Sirena is currently pursuing graduate studies at SUNY Empire, after receiving her bachelor's degree from the college in June 2017. She became the first member of her family to graduate from college, an achievement that became more difficult than she expected as her personal life faced many traumatic events along the way.

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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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Talcum Powder Lawsuits: How Asbestos-Contaminated Talc Harms People

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

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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Warren Zevon: Music, Family & Mesothelioma

Warren Zevon: Music, Family & Mesothelioma

Warren Zevon began a decades-long career in music when he left high school at 16 years old and moved to New York City to become a folk singer. Over the years, he was signed and dropped by multiple labels and produced many albums, both as a solo artist and in collaborative efforts.

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Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Natalia Jaramillo

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2017 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship is Natalia Jaramillo, a doctoral student specializing in clinical psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

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Remembering Mesothelioma Victims in Australia

Remembering Mesothelioma Victims in Australia

Australia is home to one of the highest overall cancer survival rates in the world. But 25,000 Australians die from rare cancers like mesothelioma each year, which is over half of all the cancer deaths in the country. Though mesothelioma only accounts for about 600 new diagnoses and around 600 deaths each year in Australia, it’s still a growing problem. The number of cases has generally increased each year since 1982, with a peak so far in 2011 with 690 diagnoses. However, various researchers in Australia have estimated another increase in cases through 2021.

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How Asbestos Invaded the Chlorine Industry

How Asbestos Invaded the Chlorine Industry

While asbestos use in the United States has declined quite steadily over the years, one industry in particular still relies on the mineral for its processes. Throughout the past few years, the chlor-alkali industry has used most or all of the asbestos imported into the U.S. In 2016, the EPA noted that 340 metric tons of chrysotile asbestos were imported and all of it was consumed by chlor-alkali plants.

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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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Remembering Mesothelioma Victims in the UK

Remembering Mesothelioma Victims in the UK

Even though the United Kingdom officially banned asbestos in 1999, the toxin continues to claim lives. Though no new uses or imports of the mineral are allowed, it still remains in many schools and older buildings causing many to unknowingly be exposed. Since there is a long latency period after exposure before symptoms appear, millions are still at risk to develop mesothelioma and other asbestos-caused diseases in their lifetime.

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