Halloween Gas Mask Tests Positive for Asbestos

Most people know that asbestos can be dangerous. So nobody expects to find it in part of a Halloween costume. But asbestos is exactly what Utah lab technician Steve Dixon of Dixon Information claims he discovered after testing a gas mask he bought for his grandson’s Halloween costume at an army surplus store, according to more…


Asbestos Use Still Strong in the U.S.

More than 50 countries including all European Union nations, Japan, South Korea, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia, have banned asbestos completely, but surprisingly the U.S. is not among them. While the U.S. has significantly cut its use of asbestos and has stopped mining asbestos entirely, U.S. companies actively continue to sell asbestos-containing products to millions of more…


Asbestos Awareness: Understanding the Dangers and Protecting Your Family

It is a well-documented fact that asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Despite this, many common household asbestos-containing products are still in use and are actively manufactured today. This infographic explains where asbestos is found and the deadly cancer – mesothelioma – that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Prior to 1970, more…


A Comfortable Home Can Be a Comfort

Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, robs its victims of many things, but personal comfort in their own homes should not be one of them. Try our recommendations for small changes at home that can make a big difference in your quality of life. Install Mobility Aids Once you begin to receive more…


How to Explain Mesothelioma to Your Grandchildren: Part 2, “Tweens” & Teens

Sharing your diagnosis with your grandchildren can be an emotional conversation, but is highly worthwhile. In our previous blog, we discussed how to tell younger children about your disease. If you have “tweens” and/or teenagers in your family, plan some extended time for the conversation. Choose a time and place away from the distractions of more…


How to Explain Mesothelioma to Your Grandchildren: Part 1 – Age 8 and Under

The idea of telling loved ones about your mesothelioma can sometimes feel as daunting as the diagnosis itself. Breaking the news to young grandchildren, who may not understand the concept of serious illness, can be heartbreaking. But don’t put off the conversation. Choose a quiet time and place to talk. While you want to keep more…


Firefighters in Danger – Even in the Firehouse

Firefighters of Fire Station No. 12 in Yonkers, NY are used to on-the-job danger. Little did they know they faced deadly risks in their own firehouse. In early May 2013, workers from the City of Yonkers Department of Public Works (DPW) began repainting walls and ripping up old vinyl tile flooring in the firehouse dormitory. more…


Vaccine Offers Hope for Ovarian Cancer and Mesothelioma Patients

Recent developments in the field of immunotherapy appear to have great potential for defeating deadly cancers. According to the Journal of Hematology and Oncology, researchers have developed a new vaccine that helps the body to identify and target a protein called mesothelin that appears where mesothelioma and/or ovarian cancer cells occur. A New Spin on more…


National Cancer Institute Research Team: Kill the Cancer – Not the Kidney

At the 2014 Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma in Washington, D.C., keynote speaker Dr. Ira Pastan and his colleague Dr. Raffit Hassan of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) discussed their team’s research and what it could mean for treating mesothelioma patients. Mesothelioma mortality rates are very high. Part of what makes this particular cancer so deadly more…


2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma: Breaking Barriers for a Cure

From March 5-7, 2014, distinguished scientists, doctors, community activists, and mesothelioma patients and their loved ones gathered in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. The Symposium is sponsored by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), also known as “Cure Meso.org,” a nonprofit organization that seeks to cure mesothelioma more…