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Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

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  • Date: 10/16/2017

Fighting for Change: Honoring Mesothelioma Victim Bruce Vento’s Legacy

Many politicians face various highs and lows in their careers. If they’re lucky to be voted into office, it may be very short lived and possibly filled with strong opposition. But Representative Bruce Vento served in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Minnesota from 1977 until his untimely passing in 2000. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Vento began his long political career as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1970.

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Warren Zevon: Music, Family & Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 9/21/2017

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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Champion for Mesothelioma: CURE Magazine Profiles 11-Year Survivor

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 9/6/2017

CURE Magazine Profiles 11-Year Survivor

Advocate and 11-year mesothelioma survivor Heather Von St. James has had a lot of great opportunities to tell her story and raise awareness for mesothelioma and asbestos. Through blogs, opinion pieces, collaborations with organizations like Greenpeace, and even in-person meetings with members of Congress, she has truly made such a difference in the community.

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Remembering Mesothelioma Victims in Australia

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 8/30/2017

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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Catching the Criminals: Mesothelioma Victim Frank Bender’s Legacy

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 7/26/2017

Catching the Criminals: Mesothelioma Victim Frank Bender | Mesothelioma.com

Most sculptors hope to have their work prominently displayed in a gallery or museum. But for Philadelphia native Frank Bender, his biggest hope for his sculptures were to identify homicide victims or the fugitives responsible.

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Remembering Mesothelioma Victims in the UK

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 6/21/2017

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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Carol Nutter Remembers Her Family Loss to Mesothelioma

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/26/2017

Carol Nutter Remembers Her Family

Carol Nutter grew up on a farm in Maine with her parents and three brothers. Since they lived in a coastal area, her dad worked in a shipyard in the neighboring town while her mom Marguerite – known as Peggy to her family and friends – maintained the farm. As the siblings grew up, they found their places in their own careers. Carol’s oldest brother, Tim, managed a grocery store and her middle brother, Mark, worked in the shipyard with their dad and in construction as a backhoe operator.

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Surviving Peritoneal Mesothelioma: Stephen Jay Gould’s Cancer Journey

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/19/2017

Stephen Jay Gould’s Cancer Journey

With any cancer diagnosis, patients play a game of statistics. Upon the initial diagnosis and through treatment, they hear about survival rate and their chance of beating these odds. When Stephen Jay Gould, a revolutionary evolutionary biologist and paleontologist, was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, he learned the median survival was just 8 months after diagnosis.

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Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 5/3/2017

Remembering Mesothelioma Warrior Lou Williams

The mesothelioma community is mourning the recent loss of a true warrior, Louise “Lou” Williams. Lou was first diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in 2003, and again faced pleural mesothelioma in 2009. After a nearly 15-year battle, the aggressive cancer unfortunately won.

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Life After Cancer: What Survivorship Means for These Individuals

  • Author: MCA Warrior Stories
  • Date: 4/27/2017

Life After Cancer

The word survivor can mean many things. For those in the cancer community, survivorship is a broad spectrum of living with cancer and goes far beyond the original diagnosis. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer survivors are living longer than ever. In 2016, there were an estimated 15.5 million survivors: 67% of them were survivors of 5 or more years, and 17% had survived at least 20 years. By 2026, it is expected that there will be over 20 million cancer survivors in the U.S. alone.

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