Making National Mesothelioma Awareness Day A Reality

Since 2005, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF) has promoted September 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. The day is meant to serve as both a day to honor and remember those who have suffered from this rare lung disease, as well as promote awareness so that future generations might see fewer instances of the illness.… Continue reading Making National Mesothelioma Awareness Day A Reality

Asbestos Exposure and Health

What are my risks of asbestos exposure? We all face exposure to asbestos in the air we breathe, but this type of exposure is low-level, ranging from 0.00001 to 0.0001 fibers for every millimeter of air and usually these are highest in industrial areas and cities. Individuals working in industries where asbestos products are manufactured… Continue reading Asbestos Exposure and Health

Personalization of Cancer Treatment Poised to Go Mainstream

Over the past years, there has been a large influx of research related to the personalization of cancer treatment. As the fruits of these efforts finally begin to be harvested, Kalorama Information – a market research firm – suggests that personalized cancer care is set to become a standard method of cancer treatment. In a… Continue reading Personalization of Cancer Treatment Poised to Go Mainstream

Wading Through the Mountains of Data Culled From Cancer Genome Projects

In 2008, an entity known as the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) was created. The goal of this Consortium – which combines the forces of 12 different countries – is to work together to map the genetic codes of various types of cancer. By scrutinizing various genetic mutations and other data gleaned from these cancer… Continue reading Wading Through the Mountains of Data Culled From Cancer Genome Projects

Costs for Treating Cancer in U.S. Double in Less Than 20 Years

Between 1987 and 2005, the estimated cost of treating cancer in the United States has doubled, according to a recent study published in the journal, Cancer. Adjusting for inflation, the total cost of treating cancer within the United States in 1987 is estimated at $24.7 billion. Between the periods of 2001 and 2005, that same… Continue reading Costs for Treating Cancer in U.S. Double in Less Than 20 Years

Analyzing Genomic Cancer Differences Sheds Light on How Mesothelioma Cancer Spreads

Reviewing the differences in primary cancer cells (cells found in the primary tumor) and metastatic cancer cells (cells that have migrated to other regions of the body) is helping researchers better understand how cancer grows and spreads throughout the body. In a recent study conducted at Washington University, scientists analyzed genetic differences between primary and… Continue reading Analyzing Genomic Cancer Differences Sheds Light on How Mesothelioma Cancer Spreads