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Breathe AmericAn Lung AssociAtion easy ® of California www.californialung.org ® Fall 2002/Winter 2003 Lung cancer may strike Women Harder How carol Burnett is Helping Also inside: ■ indoor Air Quality standards needed for Airlines ■ children’s Health motivates Woman with Asthma ■ researcher investigates mesothelioma cancer cells ■ Public Policy Priorities ■ news From Around the state Breathe easy Breathe easy Public Policy Budget Undercuts identification. “The tobacco industry is trying to make us Bill Aims to Improve taking a heavy toll. Nearly 100 Californians die every day from lung disease. Public Policy uPdate Anti-Smoking Program Indoor Air Quality believe it can regulate itself, but we know that uPdate Governor Gray Davis’ 2002-03 state budget is a deadly joke as revealed by internal tobacco The American Lung Association of California Bay Area Needs Smog Check II deals a severe blow to California’s anti-smoking industry documents,” says Anne Kennedy, RRT, sponsored a bill (Assembly Bill 1173, Keely, D- The San Francisco Bay Area was the only major campaign by cutting the landmark tobacco pre- RCP, board chair for the American Lung Asso- Boulder Creek) that would be an important first A Summary vention program (under Proposition 99) in half. step in assessing the indoor air quality problem. metropolitan area in the state that was not part “The tobacco ciation of California. of the Smog Check II program, an enhanced ve- of the It also sells off future tobacco industry payments, Indoor air pollution contributes to asthma and hicle inspection program designed to reduce auto industry is which should be used for tobacco prevention and Landmark Law other lung diseases. American Lung healthcare programs, in order to gain $4.5 billion If signed by the Governor, AB 1173 would emissions. Assembly Bill 2637 (Cardoza, D-Mer- trying to make for the 2002-03 state-spending plan. Regulates Auto Emissions require the California Air Resources Board to ced) requires the Bay Area to adopt Smog Check us believe it can Association The budget failed to include two proposed Governor Gray Davis signed landmark legisla- provide an analysis of the most important sources II. The American Lung Association of California, of California’s tobacco tax increases – 63 cents per pack (As- tion into law in July that makes California the of air pollution in schools, workplaces, homes along with Lung Associations in the Bay Area, regulate itself, Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley, worked sembly Bill 1666, Horton, D-Inglewood) and first state in the nation to require automakers to and other locations and recommend measures for but we know Public Policy $2.13 per pack (Assembly Bill 1849, Wesson, reduce greenhouse gases from motor vehicles, reducing public exposures and negative health hard to support the bill because Smog Check II is Priorities D-Culver City). Increasing the state tobacco tax including cars, trucks, minivans and sport-utility impacts. a long overdue step toward improving air quality that is a deadly in the Bay Area and surrounding regions. would have helped to reduce smoking in Cali- vehicles. The American Lung Association sup- Indoor air pollution sources can include joke.” Motor vehicle exhaust accounts for nearly 60 fornia, to prevent cuts to critical tobacco pre- ported the groundbreaking law (Assembly Bill particle board, plywood, carpets, furnishings percent of air pollution and studies show that vention and healthcare programs, and to close 1493, Pavley, D-Agoura Hills), which carries and other materials used in new construction, Anne Kennedy, air pollution created in the Bay Area is blown the state budget gap. huge implications for the rest of the country be- as well as stoves, ovens and consumer products rrt, rcP east into other areas. California fell behind 19 other states that cause Californians buy 10 percent of all vehicles such as household cleaning agents. raised their tobacco tax rates this year. nationwide. The new law requires the California Air Tuberculosis Act California Expands Association Launches Ad Campaign Resources Board to come up with feasible and Needed to Reduce Cases Renewable Energy Join the to Promote Tobacco Licensing cost-effective new rules by January 1, 2005, The number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in Califor- California needs to reduce its reliance on e-advocacy to reduce vehicle emissions. However, the new power plants by increasing its renewable en- The American Lung Association of California launched a statewide ad campaign encouraging rules will not take effect until the 2009 model nia rose for the first time in eight years, increasing the need for the Omnibus Tuberculosis Control ergy sources. The American Lung Association network year. Because California is such a huge market, of California supported Senate Bill 1078 (Sher, local policymakers to establish tobacco retailer it could force manufacturers to make all U.S. and Prevention Act (Senate Bill 843, Perata, Are you con- D-Stanford), which will require 20 percent of licensing programs to reduce illegal tobacco sales cars more fuel efficient in the coming decade. D-Oakland) to reduce the impact of TB. The cerned about California’s electricity needs to be met through to children. The as- American Lung Association of California sup- sociation ran print ads ported SB 843, which will authorize local health zero-pollution renewable energy sources such as these issues? Ballot Initiative Would Help wind, solar, and geothermal, by 2017. You can make a in major California officers to certify tuberculin skin test technicians newspapers portray- Reduce Air Pollution and require parole agents to be notified when an Increasing renewable resources will protect difference. Join public health by reducing dependence on con- ing the tobacco indus- An initiative on the state ballot in November inmate with TB is released from prison. the American ventional power plants, which pollute the air, try as the fox guarding would help reduce air pollution by earmarking SB 843 will help maximize local public health Lung Associa- and the need for diesel-power back up genera- the hen house. 30 percent of the state’s portion of the sales tax resources by increasing the number of people on new and used car sales to transportation and tors, which lack pollution controls and are a se- tion of Califor- Illegal sales of who are qualified to give TB skin tests and by tobacco to children air quality improvement programs. The Traffic providing a treatment plan to local health offi- rious threat to public health, according to a new nia’s report issued by Environmental Defense. e-Advocacy have increased for Congestion Relief and Safe Schools Act, Propo- cers where infected parolees intend to reside. the second year in a sition 51, would dedicate an estimated $870 network and million toward these programs. Fund on Income Tax Form Association Works to Reduce row, jumping nearly make your 13 percent over 2001 More than half of the funds raised by this Supports Lung Disease Research Diesel Emissions voice heard. and more than 50 measure would go to public transit projects. The Advocating for the strongest possible regula- initiative also directs funding to the Carl Moyer The Asthma and Lung Disease Research Fund Signing up is percent over 2000, tions to reduce the public’s exposure to toxic according to surveys Air Quality Standards Attainment Program for will be on the 2002 state income tax form to diesel soot, the American Lung Association of easy at www. upgrading and replacing older diesel vehicles help fund much needed research on lung disease. californialung. conducted by the Cal- California is monitoring the development of and equipment with cleaner alternatives, as well Legislation (Assembly Bill 2127, Matthews, D- org. ifornia Department of new regulations by the California Air Resources as to the Safe and Clean School Bus Account for Tracy) creating the fund was sponsored by the Health Services. Board (CARB). The proposed measures would the purchase of lower-emission school buses. American Lung Association of California. While local com- reduce exposure of schoolchildren to idling die- The measure is sponsored by the Planning It will be one of 10 charitable funds on the munities across sel buses on school grounds, establish pollution and Conservation League and supported by the state income tax form and will benefit the Ameri- California have been limits for new and existing diesel back-up gen- American Lung Association of California and can Lung Association of California’s scientific, working to create erators (used for emergency energy production), other environmental groups. peer-reviewed research program. Taxpayers can effective licensing programs that would hold and reduce emissions from diesel-fueled waste- donate to the fund when they pay their 2002 retailers accountable, the tobacco industry has haulers. The association will urge CARB mem- state taxes by including it on line 61 of their in- been sabotaging those efforts by promoting its bers to adopt strong, health-protective controls come tax form. self-regulatory campaign, which encourages re- when these measures come before the board for Today there is no cure for lung diseases such tailers to ask all young tobacco purchasers for adoption. www.californialung.org as lung cancer, asthma and emphysema and it is www.californialung.org Breathe easy FALL 2002/Winter 2003 Breathe easy FALL 2002/Winter 2003 Breathe easy Breathe easy cover Lung cancer may strike Women Harder indoor Air Quality standards air Quality story needed for Airlines news V ICTORIA COLGAN knew she was in be directly correlated to the increase in smoking F trouble among women in the 1940s, not long after to- “We have clear- when she started coughing up blood in the bacco companies began heavily marketing their LYING ON A COMMERCIAL AIRPLANE on an airplane and the risk of that happening is “The new can sometimes leave you feeling lousy. Your extremely small because it usually requires re- ly seen an epi- summer of 1997. Three months later she was di- products to the female sex. nose gets stuffed up and your throat feels peated exposure to an infected person. standards agnosed with lung cancer. In 1968, Virginia Slims cigarettes capitalized demic of lung When Colgan started smoking at age 13, she on the changing role of women with its “You’ve dry. But can it actually make you sick? “You are always at risk of catching some- need to Air quality inside commercial airliners is a thing, especially on flights more than eight hours cancer among didn’t know the cards were stacked against her. Come a Long Way, Baby” ad campaign, which hot topic these days. To address the concerns of long,” says Lee Reichman, MD, MPH, former accommodate Like other teens, she thought she was invincible. linked smoking with freedom and independence. women in the But that couldn’t have been farther from the Within six years after the ads first appeared, the airline cabin crew and passengers, the American president of the American Lung Association and people with Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Con- a renowned expert on tuberculosis. “You can last 40 years.” truth. number of 12-year-old girls who smoked in- ditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is working on a catch infectious diseases on airplanes because lung diseases In fact, women who smoke may be twice as creased 110 percent, according to research pub- Paul Brunetta, mD likely as men who smoke to develop lung cancer, lished in the Journal of the American Medical standard for air quality in commercial aircraft. the air is being recirculated and because you are and other “We need to have health-based standards,” in close proximity to others.” according to a study released last year. This has Association. says Fran Du Melle, senior vice president for The biggest risk may be sitting close to other chronic serious implications because smoking has not de- Colgan says advertising definitely played a clined among women at the same rates it has for role in her decision to smoke. That’s why she program services at the American Lung Asso- passengers who are sick. Viruses can survive for illnesses.” ciation’s office in Washington, DC. “Too often short periods in the air and on surfaces like tray men and an alarming one-third of female high volunteers for the American Lung Association Fran Du melle these standards are comfort-based only, and we tables, seat backs and arm rests of airliners, say school seniors smoke. speaking out about tobacco advertising. need to consider the health of all people, includ- officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Jill Siegfried, Ph.D., a researcher at the Univer- “My sister looked cool smoking because of ing people with lung disease and allergies.” Prevention (CDC). sity of Pittsburgh, suggests that women may be advertising,” she says. “The ads all conveyed that A first draft of Standard 161P, Air Quality “It’s like any enclosed space,” says the CDC’s more susceptible to adverse effects from smoking this was a glamorous adult activity.” Within Commercial Aircraft, could be ready Barbara Reynolds. “The fact that you have due to their higher levels of the hormone oestro- carol Burnett reaches out for public review by year-end. It is expected to germs in close proximity with other people gen, which has been linked to other cancers. Unfortunately for impressionable girls and address cabin pressure, air exchange rates, tem- means there will be an exchange.” Lung cancer Kills more Women young women, they are bombarded by advertis- perature, and humidity. To reduce your risk of getting sick, wash your Lung cancer will kill about 68,000 women ing and by images of beautiful young female hands frequently with hot, soapy water while Airlines use recycled Air flying. If possible, don’t sit next to passengers this year, more women than breast cancer and stars who smoke. While it seems so many young Airlines use recycled air in the passenger who are coughing and sneezing. ovarian cancer combined. It is the leading cause female celebrities from Kate Hudson to Winona cabins. Older aircraft tend to filter air and mix of cancer deaths among both men and women, Ryder are lighting up, others are trying to raise with a five-year survival rate of less than 15 per- in fresh air before recirculating it in the cabin safe Flying for People with Lung awareness about the dangers of smoking and cent. while most newer aircraft use almost all re- Disease lung disease. cycled air. While even healthy people report discomfort Victoria Colgan Yet the disease is almost as preventable as it is Veteran comedian and entertainer Carol Bur- The air is extremely low in humidity and can when flying on commercial aircraft, people with smoked for 33 years deadly because nearly 90 percent of lung cancer nett knows all too well the pain smoking and dry out the mucous membranes in the nose, lung disease are at greater risk. Because oxygen before being diagnosed cases are smoking-related. The problem is, teens lung cancer can cause. In January 2002 she lost mouth, throat and bronchial tubes, which are levels are lower, those who don’t require supple- with lung cancer. begin smoking before they understand the health her daughter Carrie, a longtime smoker, to lung then less able to keep out viruses and bacteria. mental oxygen on the ground may need it while risks and then they become addicted. cancer. Carrie Hamilton was only 38. Airline cabin air is also low in oxygen rela- in flight. “It’s an incredibly powerful addiction,” says Burnett has decided to reach out to others tive to fresh air on the ground. Healthy indi- “The lack of humidity in the air can also be a Colgan, 54, who quit smoking two years before who are addicted to cigarettes by helping the viduals shouldn’t notice a difference, but people real problem for people with lung disease,” Du she was diagnosed with lung cancer. “I had tried American Lung Association raise awareness with chronic lung diseases like asthma and em- Melle says. to quit many times over the years.” about its Freedom From Smoking® Online quit- physema might. Another concern is ozone, which is some- The San Francisco resident started smoking smoking program, which is available to every- Most of the newer airplanes use system-wide times present in airline cabins at elevated levels. because her older sister smoked. Both her par- one at no cost. She has agreed to tape a public HEPA filters that remove nearly all fine particles Ozone irritates the lungs and can pose serious ents smoked as well. service announcement promoting the program. from the air, including airborne bacteria and health risks for people with lung disease. ‘You’ve come A Long Way, Baby’ more research needed viruses. But many older models don’t. Safe Flying for People with Lung Disease, Fifty years ago, lung cancer in women was Colgan says lung cancer is a difficult disease to published by the California Thoracic Society communicable Diseases can spread and the American Lung Association of Califor- rare. Since then, lung cancer mortality rates for have because there is often a “blame the victim” Some frequent fliers insist flying makes them nia, offers important information for people women have jumped 600 percent. mentality. sick, and health experts agree infectious diseases with lung disease. You can get a copy by call- “We have clearly seen an epidemic of lung “One of the unintended consequences of the can be spread on airplanes. For example, there ing your American Lung Association at 1.800. cancer among women in the last 40 years,” says campaign against smoking is we’ve completely are documented cases of passengers testing LUNG.USA or visiting www.thoracic.org/ California Thoracic Society member Paul Bru- eliminated any sympathy for people who get lung positive for tuberculosis (TB) after flying with ca.html. netta, MD, who has worked with cancer patients cancer because it is seen as self-inflicted,” she infected passengers. However, according to the for the last four years at Mount Zion Cancer says. “That may be why lung cancer is so under- World Health Organization, there is no docu- Center. funded compared with other diseases.” mented case of anyone contracting active TB The rise in lung cancer among women can www.californialung.org www.californialung.org Breathe easy FALL 2002/Winter 2003 Breathe easy FALL 2002/Winter 2003 Breathe easy Breathe easy Making a children’s Health motivates Santa Clara-San Benito Honored nate lung disease, as well as for its continued focus on lung disease prevention, children’s programs, associations in difference for Diversity Efforts action Woman with Asthma The American Lung Association of Santa Clara- tobacco control, asthma and clean air education and advocacy. San Benito Counties was recognized for its use of L “It helps know- UCY CHAIDEZ has such severe asthma she in her twenties. But in 1990, she moved to Sacra- diversity outreach strategies as a tool in the fight Santa Barbara and Ventura News From against lung disease when it received the Bernard can only work part-time. But the time she mento and since then her asthma has been severe. Counties Educates Leaders ing I’m helping does spend working at the Emergency Medi- “The last 12 years have not been easy,” she Gregory Award for Cultural Diversity at the na- The American Lung Association of Santa Barbara Around the tionwide American Lung Association’s 2002 An- others who cal Services Authority (EMSA) keeps her going says. “I can’t do all the things I used to do.” nual Conference in Atlanta recently. and Ventura Counties is involved in an important State because she knows she’s helping children with project to educate key community leaders and suffer the same asthma get the care they need. education Helps children with The association was awarded for its extensive elected officials about tobacco policy issues. The Asthma work in the African American, Asian, and Hispanic way I suffer.” “Sometimes when I’m really struggling with communities. Its Project Unity offers a variety of association plans to issue a Report Card on cur- my asthma, it helps knowing I’m helping others Chaidez believes children with asthma today programs in conjunction with the African Ameri- rent tobacco control policies in Ventura County. Lucy chaidez who suffer the same way I suffer every day,” are better off than she was as a child because can Community Service Agency and other African The project provides policymakers with the Chaidez says. there is more public awareness about the lung American organizations. The association is work- technical support to draft new ordinances for EMSA is the state agency responsible for disease. Making life easier for children with ing closely with the Asian Consortium on several their communities. With help from the Tobacco ensuring that childcare workers are properly asthma is what drives her. EMSA will soon release a video that will projects, including a recent grant, multicultural Assistance Legal Center (TALC) and the Ameri- As a volunteer, trained in first aid and CPR. Ever since legisla- can Lung Association of California’s Center for tion (SB 1663) was passed in 1998 mandating be used in conjunction with the nebulizer and events, physician trainings and asthma screenings. donor or staff The association also translated the American Lung Tobacco Policy and Organizing, the association it, that training includes a section on nebulizers inhaler curriculum. It will actually demonstrate member, you Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program is working to provide updated information to and inhalers, which are used to admin- how to use the equipment, which should help local government officials. can receive a childcare workers become even better prepared into Spanish. ister asthma medications. SB 1663 was discount when to care for children with asthma. sponsored by the American Lung Asso- Central California Works to Reduce Former Smokers Support you rent or pur- ciation of California and its medical sec- tion, the California Thoracic Society. Air Pollution San Francisco Bike Ride chase a cleaner- EMSA approves the training curricula The American Lung Association of Central Califor- The American Lung Association of San Fran- fueled vehicle for the 40 agencies statewide that train nia has launched a number of initiatives to help re- cisco & San Mateo Counties held their 11th from EV Rental childcare workers. After the legislation Woman credits Lung Association duce air pollution in the San Joaquin Valley and will annual Bike for Breath ride on July 13, netting Cars. passed, it became Chaidez’ job to make for saving Her Life continue to urge its local Air District and Environ- more than $40,000 and providing an opportu- sure those agencies use good curricula for When Gladys B. Legendre moved to California nearly mental Protection Agency to speed up the timetable nity for 900 riders to show their support. Mike the inhaler and nebulizer portion of the 19 years ago, she was in a wheelchair and required for bringing the valley into clean air compliance. Doyle, riding in honor of his wife’s grandmother trainings. continuous oxygen. Today the 87-year-old walks on Under the American Lung Association of Cali- who died from emphysema, raised $2,000, half her own and uses oxygen of that from his patients in the Pulmonary Reha- Chaidez worked closely with the Cali- only at night. She credits fornia’s Clean Fleets grant, Clovis joined the grow- Lucy Chaidez must fornia Thoracic Society to develop the curricu- ing list of valley cities that passed a zero-emission bilitation Department at a local hospital. Many the incredible improve- take nebulizer treat- lum. It includes information about following a ment in her health to the resolution or ordinance. Other cities have been con- of the patients are former smokers who felt it ments and other respiratory care plan, what to do when a child American Lung Associa- tacted to join the list. was a way for them to give back to the Ameri- Mention the medications every day has an asthma attack, asthma medications and tion and her faith. Mayors of valley cities recently passed a reso- can Lung Association. American Lung to control her asthma. “I know I did it myself. “If they give their money to only one charity, their side effects, and the proper use, care and I realize that,” Legendre lution committing their cities to adopting clean Association of cleaning of nebulizers and inhalers. air practices at their annual mayor’s conference they want it to make a difference,” Doyle says. California, and says. “But it was the American Lung Associa- in Fresno. EV Rental Cars Asthma interferes with Her Life tion that got me going.” DEY Raises $50,000 will also make a Chaidez, 43, says asthma interferes with her She and her companion, Marge Patch, were so Sacramento-Emigrant Trails for Redwood Empire life on a daily basis. She must take asthma medi- grateful for Legendre’s turnaround, they decided donation to the cations daily, including nebulizer treatments, to give back to the American Lung Association Wins Local Awards DEY, L.P., a Napa-based manufacturer of respira- organization. by investing in gift annuities that benefit the as- The American Lung Association of Sacramento- tory medications, pulled out the stops in raising and can barely walk around the block without sociation. Emigrant Trails was recently honored at A Night money and awareness for the inaugural Blow the to receive your becoming breathless. In February, her in-laws In 1984, Legendre had become so debilitated by of Champions, the State Sponsored Programs Whistle on Asthma Walk of the American Lung discount code, visit are paying for the entire family to take a cruise, her pulmonary fibrosis that doctors told her to move out of her hot, humid hometown of New Orleans. Community Appreciation Evening sponsored by Association of California—Redwood Empire www.californialung.org, but she won’t be joining them because she is So she and Patch headed west to Oceanside, where Blue Cross of California. As recipients of the 2001 Branch. The company donated $10,000 as Pre- or mention the concerned about the emergency medical services American Lung they bought a house. Community Support Grant, the association created senting Sponsor. In addition, as of press time, 18 onboard. Once she was settled in her new home, Legendre Association of a pilot project for the Asthma Tool Kit, consisting team captains within the 1,000-employee com- “My asthma has been real bad lately,” she contacted the American Lung Association of San California when you of “Your Asthma Book” and “Asthma Self-Care pany had raised $18,000 with three weeks to go. says. “I hope someday they can come up with a Diego and Imperial Counties. She attended the call association’s four-week Breathe Easier breathing Plan.” The booklets have become a success and If the teams raised $15,000, DEY promised an cure so I can breathe easier.” improvement course and joined the Better Breath- continue to be widely used and requested through- additional $5,000. DEY is also doing a company After years of chronic illness, Chaidez was fi- ers Club, an educational support group for people out the state. match of any employee contributions. nally diagnosed with asthma at age 15. She had with lung disease. And that’s when her life turned The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors DEY employees helped get the message out to be hospitalized after nearly dying and finally around, she says. also recognized the association during Public Health about the asthma epidemic to their families, neigh- a doctor there recognized her symptoms. Week for its efforts to improve air quality and elimi- bors and friends. www.californialung.org Her asthma symptoms subsided when she was www.californialung.org Breathe easy FALL 2002/Winter 2003 Breathe easy FALL 2002/Winter 2003 Breathe easy research researcher investigates Matters mesothelioma cancer cells “We have to M Asbestos Fibers cause Lung Disease ESOTHELIOMA is an incurable form of cancer that strikes the lung lining. It’s so Mesothelioma strikes about 3,000 people a find a way to deadly because the tumors don’t respond year and is mainly caused by asbestos, a fibrous kill these tu- to current cancer treatments and Claire Vivo, material mined from serpentine rock that was Ph.D., wants to know why. used in building materials, car brakes, and other mor cells.” “It is important to un- products up until the mid-1970s. Although as- derstand the mechanism of bestos is no longer widely used, old buildings claire Vivo, Ph.D. death in malignant cells,” and products containing asbestos are still in use. says Dr. Vivo, who is work- Another source of asbestos is naturally occur- ing on a research project ring asbestos, which covers about 1.2 percent funded by the American of California’s landmass. All types of naturally Lung Association of Cali- occurring asbestos are potentially dangerous When You Can’t Breathe, fornia to find out how these when they become airborne due to construction Nothing Else Matters® cells work. or activity. However, one type of asbestos called This type of cancer tremolite is more likely to cause mesothelioma. Breathe easy® is a pub- lication of the American attacks the mesothelial cells, which form a Tremolite is present in the Sierra foothills Lung Associations and its protective lining around the lungs, heart and where it is being disturbed by development, 15 local associations, which are dedicated to the preven- abdominal organs. The most common type of which is causing concern among many residents tion of lung disease and the mesothelioma is found in the thin membrane there. Last year, the American Lung Association promotion of lung health. For program information in between the lung and the chest cavity called the of California and its medical section, the Cali- your area, contact your local pleura. fornia Thoracic Society, urged the California Air American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA or All cells are programmed to die eventually. Resources Board to adopt stringent air monitor- find us at www.califor- Cancerous tumors may be the result of cells that ing standards at construction sites and mining nialung.org have lost their ability to die. Chemotherapy, operations where naturally occurring asbestos is We encourage duplica- tion of articles printed in radiation and other cancer treatments are often present. Breathe easy®. Please successful at triggering cell death, but not in me- include appropriate at- tribution. sothelial cells. cases are expected to rise Board Chair Researchers have found that the cells will die Experts predict mesothelioma will strike even Anne Kennedy, RRT, RCP when a certain molecule that induces death is ap- more people in the years to come. The Mesothe- President and CEO plied in conjunction with chemotherapy drugs, but lioma Legal Center estimates that by 2030, there Ben Abate, Ph.D. they don’t know why. Dr. Vivo is trying to under- could be 300,000 new cases each year because Vice President, Communications stand the mechanism so that someday better treat- it can take anywhere from 15 to 50 years to de- Andrew M. Weisser ments can be developed, and possibly even a cure. velop after exposure to asbestos. That means all email@example.com 818.703.6444 Editor Caitlin Kerk Layout Non-Profit Org. 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