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Fall 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Darwin Arias

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 5/15/2018

Fall 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Darwin Arias

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is pleased to announce the winner of the Fall 2018 Scholarship, Darwin Arias.

Darwin is set to begin his undergraduate career at Columbia University in the fall, with an interest in studying biology, neuroscience, or biochemistry. Throughout his academic career, Darwin has challenged himself to fill his schedule with difficult advanced placement courses and numerous extracurriculars to prepare for college and forge a path to achieve a medical career.

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A Look at Cancer Drug Development with Dr. Harvey Berger

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/26/2018

A Look at Cancer Drug Development with Dr. Harvey Berger

In recent years, the number of new cancer drugs on the market has risen quite rapidly, with many more in development and actively being tested in clinical trials around the globe. But drug development can take many years to see the idea of a new therapy in a lab to a tested, approved treatment on the market to hopefully extend a patient’s survival.

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Spring 2018 Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Winner Sirena Cordova

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 1/10/2018

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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Most Inspirational Mesothelioma Stories for 2018

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 12/29/2017

Most Inspirational Mesothelioma Stories for 2018 | Mesothelioma.com

While a lot of people are looking back at the impact of asbestos and mesothelioma over the past year, we at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance wanted to take a look ahead and shed some light on what we think will be some of the most inspirational stories to follow in the upcoming year.

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Dr. Raja Flores Explains the Tools Used in Mesothelioma Surgery

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 7/11/2017

Dr. Raja Flores Explains the Tools Used in Mesothelioma Surgery

Dr. Raja Flores, professor and chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, knows that treating mesothelioma is more than a simple surgery. Though surgery is a common treatment for many mesothelioma patients, the process is not nearly as simple as going in and removing the cancerous tissue.

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Quest for a Cure: MCA Supports Cancer Research Month

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 5/10/2017

Cancer Research Month

Cancer is a worldwide burden, and research is our best defense against it. In the past few years, research has seen a surge in collaboration and accelerated progress through projects like the Cancer Moonshot. But these diseases aren’t slowing down. The National Cancer Institute estimates the number of worldwide cancer cases is going to increase by 50% within the next two decades.

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MCA Observes World Day for Safety and Health at Work

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/28/2017

MCA Observes World Day for Safety

People all over the globe face various health risks at work every day. World Day for Safety and Health at Work, observed on April 28th, was created by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2003 to raise awareness for occupational illnesses and injuries. The ILO estimates that over 2 million people die each year globally from an occupational injury or illness. With better safety and preventive measures, these numbers can surely decline.

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Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor Has High Hopes for Preoperative Immunotherapy

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/21/2017

Baylor Mesothelioma Doctor

Mesothelioma is known for having a very poor prognosis. Caused by asbestos exposure, symptoms often don’t begin to show until 20 – 50 years later. Unfortunately, this long latency period means many patients aren’t diagnosed until the disease has progressed to a later stage.

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Considering a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Mesothelioma

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 4/3/2017

Workers’ Compensation Claim

Throughout the world, people face many hazards through their daily work. Many of these hazards go unnoticed until it’s too late, like asbestos exposure. The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos through their occupations each year.

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National Poison Prevention Week: The Dangers of Asbestos

  • Author: Staff
  • Date: 3/21/2017

National Poison Prevention Week: The Dangers of Asbestos

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, with about 2 million poisonings reported each year. Many people don’t even really consider the potential risks in their homes or the world around them. No matter what precautions are taken – such as keeping chemicals stored away and putting medicines out of children’s reach – unintentional poisoning can happen to anyone.

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