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Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018: Looking Back on the Past Year

Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2018: Looking Back on the Past Year

Each year on September 26, we stop to observe Mesothelioma Awareness Day, a national event building support for the mesothelioma community, patients who are battling the rare cancer, and all of the work being done to cure the disease. On this year’s Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we’re looking back at the last year to highlight medical advances and successes, along with recent developments from the Environmental Protection Agency that could have an impact in the nation’s ongoing fight to eventually phase out asbestos use.

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A Matter of Fact: Making the Asbestos Debate Mainstream

A Matter of Fact: Making the Asbestos Debate Mainstream

Every once in a while, you get an email that makes you yell out loud. I received one of those emails a few weeks ago, and I literally screamed when I read it.

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EPA’s Actions May Repeat History with New Asbestos Rule

EPA’s Actions May Repeat History with New Asbestos Rule | Mesothelioma.com

Since its inception in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been analyzing the societal and environmental impacts of asbestos. The agency has done its best to regulate the toxic mineral throughout the years, issuing a series of regulations and embarking on a failed attempt in the late 1980s to ban asbestos use in the United States. Nearly thirty years after the EPA’s failed asbestos phase out, the agency is taking another look at the mineral to determine the best possible course of action.

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Remembering Sean Sasser: The Real World Star’s AIDS Advocacy Halted by Mesothelioma

Remembering Sean Sasser: The Real World Star’s AIDS Advocacy Halted by Mesothelioma

Sean Sasser came into public fame after appearing on one of the most popular seasons of The Real World: San Francisco in the early 1990s. Though not a cast member himself, Sasser’s relationship with castmate Pedro Zamora quickly became a highlight of the season. Both men had been diagnosed with HIV as young adults and met before the show began at a march in Washington, as LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS educators and activists. The two had a commitment ceremony on the show, marking a momentous occasion as one of the first openly gay couples to do so on television.

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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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How to Identify Asbestos in Your Home

How to Identify Asbestos in Your Home

Life-threatening asbestos particles may be in your home if it was built before 1980. When inhaled, asbestos fibers cling to tissues around the lungs, heart, and abdomen causing inflammation and scarring that can lead to mesothelioma, a rare and deadly type of cancer. Despite the well-known hazards of asbestos exposure, it’s still found in a number of products, including car parts, insulation, and construction materials.

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Donna Summer: The Disco Queen’s Legend Lives on After Death from Asbestos Cancer

Donna Summer: The Disco Queen’s Legend Lives on after Death from Asbestos Cancer

LaDonna Adrian Gaines, better known by her stage name Donna Summer, soared to fame in the 1970s, becoming widely known as the “Queen of Disco.” Her songs like “Bad Girls,” “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and countless other hits helped her become one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, a five-time Grammy award winner, and frequent chart topper.

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Prognosis of Mesothelioma Without Treatment

Prognosis of Mesothelioma Without Treatment | Mesothelioma.com

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer, known to have an extremely bleak prognosis. Diagnosis can be jarring, leaving patients with the difficult decision of whether or not to pursue treatment. Mesothelioma life expectancy varies greatly, but what does it look like when treatment is denied?

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Asbestos Is No Laughing Matter

Asbestos Is No Laughing Matter

Whenever I meet someone new, whether through my volunteer work or advocacy work in Washington D.C., they are almost always surprised that asbestos is not banned, and is still being imported and used today. I’ve learned that many people just assumed that it was banned back in the 1980s when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced legislation that would ban nearly all uses of the toxin. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that law was overturned just a few years later, so asbestos is still legal to use today in certain products.

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What to Do if You Are Exposed to Asbestos

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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