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Author Profile: Mary Mack

About Mary Mack

Who I am: I’m a wife, stepmom, and pop culture enthusiast. I love bad music, good TV, dancing, history, and building my family tree on

What I do: I’m a regular paid contributing writer for Mesothelioma Help Now.

What motivates me: Everyone has their own unique story and journey when it comes to mesothelioma, but I’m a firm believer in community and building a strong support system. No one should have to fight mesothelioma alone, and I’m motivated to write content that creates conversations and gives patients and their loved ones a little more hope.

Daily Aspirin Could Delay Mesothelioma Growth

Up until now, preventing mesothelioma has been a bit of a mystery. Of course, the most obvious way to prevent a mesothelioma diagnosis is to avoid asbestos exposure—but what happens once you’ve already been exposed? What if years ago you were a construction worker or welder or served in the U.S. Navy and potentially breathed …

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New Report Calls Attention to Asbestos in Popular Children’s Toys

If you give most kids a box of crayons and a coloring book, they can entertain themselves for hours. Unfortunately, new test results released by the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Action Fund show that asbestos is present in certain brands of crayons and kids’ crime scene fingerprint kits. Following Up on Past Asbestos Discoveries The …

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Clinical Trials: What You Need to Know

Every day, researchers and pharmaceutical companies are striving to develop better treatments and medications for a range of medical conditions—and mesothelioma is no exception. Before a new drug or procedure can be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and introduced to the general patient population, a clinical trial must be conducted to …

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Queen May Vacate Buckingham Palace Due to Asbestos Woes

Asbestos lurks in buildings around the world, but not everyone realizes what a pain it can be to get rid of it—or in a more recent situation, a royal pain. Even Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is not safe from asbestos and the danger of developing mesothelioma, as Buckingham Palace faces the need to remove significant …

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Blue Collar Memories: Hardworking Dads May Face Risks Later

On a dining room shelf in Duluth, Minn., Mike Cruit’s battered, slightly burned, and broken lunchbox sits like an honored guest. His daughter, Maggie, remembers her father’s frugality and how relatives would give him new lunchboxes for his construction job. Still, he always went back to his old standby — maybe because it was the …

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Asbestos Discovery Prompts Building Closure on Michigan College Campus

When you imagine an idyllic college campus, architecturally stunning older buildings may come to mind. However, those buildings that house classrooms, lecture halls, and auditoriums may also contain something dangerous: asbestos. This is the harsh reality Central Michigan University (CMU) is facing right now as they work to remove asbestos fibers that were discovered in …

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Triplet-Drug Study Gives Hope to the Future of Mesothelioma Treatment

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) just wrapped up its annual meeting, held May 29-June 2, 2015, in Chicago—and 1 specific announcement provided promising news for mesothelioma patients and their families. The presentation discussed findings from a study sponsored by The French Cooperative Thoracic Intergroup (IFCT) that just may change the current standard of …

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Asbestos Discovered in Public Swimming Pool in England

As the warmer summer months approach in the U.S., many of us are dreaming about lying in the sun and jumping into the swimming pool. Some recent news out of England, however, may make some of us stop in our tracks before diving into the water. Asbestos has been found in an outdoor pool in …

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U.S. Navy Heroes at Risk

Men and women, from every neighborhood in the U.S., proudly served and protected our freedom at home and on ships around the world. They made many sacrifices for this country. But it turns out that those sacrifices were even bigger than many thought. A large number of U.S. Navy servicemen and women worked in and …

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What’s the Difference Between Mesothelioma & Melanoma?

Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is difficult for many different reasons, but one less obvious reason may be just explaining what it is. Does this conversation sound familiar? “My dad was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma.” “The skin cancer? I’m so sorry.” Because mesothelioma is a rare cancer, it is not uncommon for people to confuse it …

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