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How Much Asbestos Exposure Is Dangerous?

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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Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

Steve McQueen and Mesothelioma: An Actor and Veteran’s Last Battle

When Steve McQueen was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in the late 1970s, it came as a shock to many people. Known as the “King of Cool,” McQueen had been a rising star in the 1960s. He had a rough childhood and a reputation as a “bad boy,” and that background helped him find his way into some of the most popular movies of the time, including The Thomas Crown Affair, The Cincinnati Kid, and The Great Escape. By the early 1970s, he was one of the highest-paid actors in America.

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Catching the Criminals: Mesothelioma Victim Frank Bender’s Legacy

Catching the Criminals: Mesothelioma Victim Frank Bender |

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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MCA Observes World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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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Murder by Cancer: Carrie West Harper Tells Her Father’s Mesothelioma Story

Carrie West Harper Interview

Carrie West Harper is a small business owner in Austin, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two daughters, ages 12 and 7. From time to time, Carrie’s children ask her about their grandfather who died when they were both very young from an asbestos-related disease of the lungs.

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Remembering Pete Russell: Air National Guardsman, Father, and Mesothelioma Victim

Pete Russell

Angela F. de Rodriguez is an insurance adjuster who lives in Frisco, Texas, with her 13-year-old son Ruben – a bright young seventh grader who plays trombone and tennis. Angela’s adoptive father, Pete Russell, was only a few years older than Ruben when he was first exposed to asbestos.

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The Real Costs of Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure

Real Cost of Cancer

When one hears the word “mesothelioma,” everyone immediately thinks of the commercials on TV: “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by asbestos exposure… “ and then they think everyone who gets this cancer is automatically wealthy because of a lawsuit. Well, I’m here to set that record straight.

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VA Secretary's Ambitious Plan to Overhaul Claims System Shows Promise

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Surprising or not, the Department of Veterans Affairs kept physical, paper files on each and every claim made by a veteran, and because the record keeping is cumbersome and archaic, many question why the VA has stuck to such an outdated claims system for so long, especially with the recent uptick of veterans needing support and services.

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The Impact of Mesothelioma on Steve McQueen and Other Military Veterans

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare cancer that few people survive. This disease has made the news in recent years due to lawsuits filed against companies that do not disclose their knowledge of the potential toxic results of asbestos exposure.

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Former UK Merchant Navy Man Another Victim of Asbestos on Ships

Michael Stevens, a former member of the Merchant Navy, died from repeated asbestos exposure and subsequent malignant mesothelioma. He was 83.

Similarly to the Merchant Marine in the United States, the Merchant Navy operates on behalf of the United Kingdom. Formerly established and nationally recognized by King George V after World War I, the Merchant Navy served a pivotal role not only in the Great War but also in World War II. These privately operated vessels supported the Royal Navy's efforts during times of conflict.

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