Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  According to Dr. Howard West, “Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer affecting the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen.”  Dr. West states that “The primary cause and risk factor for mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.”  Since the 1970’s, asbestos has been highly regulated.  Yet, it continues to be a problem in older homes (see here), and diseases from asbestos still afflict people (see here).

According to Dr. West, “While there is currently no cure for mesothelioma, many patients have had success in managing their cancer with traditional treatments like chemotherapy and surgical methods.”  The prognosis can depend on different factors, such as the stage of the disease and health.  See here for symptoms or warning signs of mesothelioma.

Merlin Olsen was known as a football player and as an actor in Little House on the Prairie and Father Murphy.  He died in 2010 at the age of 69.  In 2009, he had been diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma, which impacts the abdomen’s lining.  Olsen attributed this to exposure to asbestos.

Check out Mesothelioma.com for more information about Mesothelioma, symptoms, treatment, and asbestos.

See also the Mesothelioma Lawyer Center.  Also: Mesothelioma.net.

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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One Response to Mesothelioma Awareness Day

  1. A very important public service announcement James 😀

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