Asbestos hazards

EPA Guidance on Mechanics’ Exposure to Asbestos

Auto mechanics have long been known to be one of the occupations most at risk for asbestos exposure these days. The EPA just released its latest guidance on how to reduce exposure risk for mechanics. The draft brochure is available at

living with mesothelioma

Four freedoms of cancer patients

The Cheerful Oncologist proposes “four freedoms of cancer patients“, modeled after Franklin Roosevelt’s four freedoms. Roosevelt articulated his four freedoms during World War II (although before the United States entered the war). If we adopt the war metaphor – The War on Cancer – the freedoms have all the more resonance. Cheerful Oncologist’s freedoms are freedom from prejudice, ignorance, insensitivity, and abandonment. Cancer is a tough disease and has a high mortality rate. The least we can do is to allow cancer patients freedom from these additional burdens.