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What is Mesothelioma

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Mesothelioma is a lethal form of cancer that attacks the thin layer of cells surrounding the lungs, heart, and abdominal cavity. This rare disease has been associated with asbestos exposure. Over 80 percent of individuals suffering from mesothelioma have worked with asbestos products for extended periods of time. Because the first symptoms appear decades after initial exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is often diagnosed in late stages.

Fast Facts About Mesothelioma

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The number of mesothelioma cases is expected
to peak globally between 2015 and 2030.

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70 to 80 percent of all cases of mesothelioma are
caused by asbestos exposure at work

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Mesothelioma is more common in men than in
women, and risk increases with age

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People diagnosed with Stage 1 or 2
mesothelioma may be candidates for surgery

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Early diagnosis of mesothelioma is a crucial step
in the treatment process.

Veterans and Mesothelioma

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Although rare, mesothelioma affects veterans from all branches of service: Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. As mesothelioma has a long latency period and can remain dormant for several decades, veterans who served our country from 1930 through 1980 are just now being diagnosed with the disease.

Navy veterans who worked in navy shipyards and or served on our nation's warships and submarine's from WWII through the Vietnam War were exposed to high concentrations of deadly asbestos and are at a high risk for developing mesothelioma. Boiler rooms, engine rooms, sleeping quarters, and other areas of naval vessels were the most common areas where asbestos was present. As a result, Navy veterans are at a greater risk of developing mesothelioma. Medical support and treatment centers are available to veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you are a veteran and believe that you were exposed to asbestos, you should inform your physician during your next visit. Read more:

Mesothelioma Diagnosis

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Diagnosing mesothelioma is a difficult task even for the most experienced doctors. If you present any symptoms associated with this form of cancer, the doctor will order a complete physical examination, imaging tests, biopsies, and lung function tests. He will also perform a physical exam to detect the presence of a pleural effusion. To provide an accurate diagnosis, the oncologist may recommend fluid biopsies, computed tomography scans, magnetic resonance imaging scans, X-rays, and blood tests. These medical procedures help identify the type of cancer cells and the extent of the cancer.

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Bud Cuthbert Bio

No Man Is An Island

These infamous words were spoken all too often when my husband of forty years, Bud Cuthbert, was going through a trial study for Mesothelioma. This fatal cancer took Bud's life within two months of the diagnosis. Once Bud was diagnosed, through a team of specialists from University of Pennsylvania, he was accepted as a candidate to join this trial study. Bud wanted not only to extend his life but to contribute to research. He was hoping that through his surgery and study he could give something back to the medical profession. He shared with his doctors that whatever came from his surgery and case were not to be in vain. His death came so quickly but not at all in vain. In the very short time that Bud was in this study, he was able to contribute to research that deals with Mesothelioma, a lung cancer that usually attacks victims that have dealt with asbestos. Since this cancer does not acquaint itself with the person for years it is hard to detect. Bud was a devoted husband, a wonderful father, a loving grandfather and a proud veteran who's life ended all too soon. Our Family would like to give back to this research to aid the next Father, Husband and/or Grandfather who could be stricken with this aggressive cancer. Therefore the family of Bud Cuthbert introduces you to the Cuthbert Cancer Foundation. In Bud's name we want to continue to contribute to cancer research. If we can reach out to you and you can contribute in any way we can honestly say that "No Man Is An Island" .

Kathleen Cuthbert