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Safety precautions can help protect home mechanics from asbestos

When you have the necessary skills, completing auto repairs yourself can be a great way to save money. However, did you know that without the proper precautions, your DIY auto repairs could cost you your health?

Some car parts, such as brake and clutch components, may be made with asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral known for its insulative and heat-resistant qualities. When asbestos enters the body it can cause aggressive forms of cancer, such as mesothelioma.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. Why is it dangerous?

The move toward organic and less processed foods continues. Brands use words like "natural" and "unprocessed" as synonyms for "healthy."

But not everything natural is healthy. Numerous naturally occurring substances are harmful. A prime example is asbestos. If you have a mesothelioma diagnosis, your cancer almost certainly resulted from fulfilling the duties of your job. Asbestos has been used for thousands of years as an insulator and fire retardant on countless products, including many found in homes.  However, since asbestos is a mined natural mineral, some exposure to the toxin can occur outdoors, as well. It can also lead to misconceptions about how dangerous it is. 

Could a cold virus help bring mesothelioma under control?

One of the most frustrating things about mesothelioma is that it’s most often diagnosed too late. By the time most people learn they have mesothelioma, it’s already too late for surgery and other more aggressive forms of treatment. This means victims need to look for other ways to fight the cancer’s spread.

Fortunately, they have the support of researchers around the world, who are always looking for ways to fight back. And some of those researchers may have made a recent breakthrough. Teams based in Italy and the United States worked together to explore the use of oncolytic (cancer-killing) viruses. They found one adenovirus that shrank mesothelioma tumors in early trials.

Can dogs detect cancer?

Like many people, you might have a dog for a pet. Whether you need a hunting buddy, home protection or a snuggly companion, a fur friend can be a wonderful addition to your family.

However, according to a recent study, a dog may be able to provide much more than companionship. While it is too soon to tell whether your dog could detect mesothelioma in its early stages, researchers continue exploring the possibilities of using canines in early cancer detection.

Five ways you can help someone diagnosed with mesothelioma

If someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you likely know it’s a grim prognosis. Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer, and doctors usually don’t catch it until the later stages.

There are plenty of reasons it’s tricky for doctors to diagnose the disease early. But the result is that most people are deeply sick by the time they’re diagnosed. They need help from the people who love them, and there are many ways you can help. Here are five.

Could flaxseed minimize the risk of developing mesothelioma?

As you have probably experienced, those who suffer from mesothelioma may need to undergo chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. And while there may be treatments available to help ease the symptoms of the disease, there remains no cure.

However, in addition to medical approaches to treating disease, many people experience some relief from natural sources. And researchers continue exploring the potential impact flaxseeds may have on mesothelioma.

How does asbestos end up in makeup?

Early June, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa's line of makeup kits because some of the products in the kits contained asbestos. Claire's stores around the country pulled the kits from their shelves, and those who have already purchased the kits may receive a refund for the product.

Makeup products in general have been recalled several times over the years for containing asbestos. Because asbestos is so well-known for causing conditions like mesothelioma and asbestosis, you may wonder why makeup manufactures would add asbestos to their products in the first place.

"Prophylactic radiation" may not effectively treat mesothelioma

Receiving a mesothelioma diagnosis is devastating. And knowing your cancer spread to other parts of your body can seem virtually impossible to bear.

If you underwent an invasive procedure which involved your chest wall during your mesothelioma diagnosis, your disease could spread throughout your body. This happens when cancer cells metastasize.

The FDA recently approved new treatment for mesothelioma

For the first time in 15 years, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a product which may treat mesothelioma. Used along with chemotherapy, your doctor may prescribe the NovoTTF-100L System for you to use at home.

This recently-approved treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma could be effective in destroying inoperable cancerous tumors. This System may also help in cases where radiation is not an effective treatment option.

Could your relatives possess a predisposition to mesothelioma?

There are multiple diseases family members can pass down from one generation to the next. Fortunately, mesothelioma is not one of them.

However, a clinical trial recently begun by The National Cancer Institute explores the potential of a familial predisposition to mesothelioma. They also consider potential ways to counteract the disease.

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