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Stopping the Spread of Preventable Cancers


As noted on their website, Public Health is committed to bringing today’s most pressing local, national and global health issues to the forefront of public discourse.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy and Public Health agree that one of those most pressing health issues is cancer, specifically preventable cancer. Because treating cancer can be an immense physical, emotional and financial challenge, the best approach we can take in dealing with cancer is to prevent it altogether. In fact, the World Health Organization states that at least one-third of cancers are preventable.

As demonstrated in Public Health’s guide and short animated video, “Cancer in America,” the global cancer rate is expected to hit 25 million a year over the next 20 years – that’s a 70 percent increase. Most surprising, is that of those 25 million cases, 23.8 million could be prevented by simple lifestyle changes.

While not mentioned in the guide and short video, asbestos-related diseases are part of the fully preventable cancer group. According to the World Health Organization, over 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related diseases, such as lung cancer and mesothelioma, which are fully preventable.

Asbestos is one of the most widespread carcinogens in the world, and while people mainly contract asbestos-related diseases through occupational exposure, exposure can also occur in settings such as homes and schools.… Read the rest

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How to Get Involved in Global Asbestos Awareness Week (April 1-7)


During the week of April 1 – 7, 2015, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) presents Global Asbestos Awareness Week. This week is intended to raise asbestos awareness and help prevent asbestos-related diseases, which kill 107,000 people every year.

Asbestos Awareness WeekAsbestos has been confirmed as a serious health concern and a known carcinogen, but its use is still legal in all but 55 countries. Asbestos use only be stopped through education and awareness to prevent exposure, in addition to funding to find a cure for asbestos-related diseases.

Join us for Global Asbestos Awareness Week to learn how asbestos impacts health, the environment and the economy. The week opens on April 1 with Alan Reinstein’s Story, “I’ll Do Anything to Fight Mesothelioma to Have More Time With My Family, Anything.” Throughout the week, contributing collaborators – both organizations and individual leading experts – will share their stories in an effort to help spread education about asbestos exposure prevention. The week of learning concludes on April 7 with an online candlelit vigil.

What You Can Do

The easiest way to help spread asbestos awareness is to share your learnings from the week with friends, family and colleagues. But if you’d like to get more involved, here are a few ways you can help:

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Asbestos and Mesothelioma News Wrap Up: March 2015


The asbestos attorneys at Simmons Hanly Conroy are committed to giving you the latest asbestos and mesothelioma news. Below is a group of some of the most recent news stories covering asbestos exposure, mesothelioma research and other headlines from throughout the globe.

  • Study finds 21 new cases of mesothelioma in group of MN miners
    mesothelioma newsA group of 69,000 mine workers were exposed to asbestos while employed in Minnesota’s iron mining industry between the 1930s and 1982. Among that group, 21 more men have been diagnosed with mesothelioma – in addition to the 80 cases previously identified, that brings the total of mesothelioma cases to 101.
  • VIDEO: ADAO – “Asbestos Kills”
    The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) recently released a video promoting Global Asbestos Awareness Week, which runs from April 1 – 7. Watch and share the video to help spread asbestos awareness.
  • The Asbestos Transparency Farce
    Corporate institutions aim to push legislation through Congress that is all about invading the privacy rights of its victims – primarily the individuals who have been physically harmed by asbestos exposure at the hands of such corporations.
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Simmons Hanly Conroy Client Ellen Patton to be Awarded at the 2015 ADAO Conference Dinner


People from all kinds of backgrounds have been impacted by mesothelioma and asbestos. The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) strives to honor such people at its annual Asbestos Awareness Conference. This year, ADAO will honor the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to the asbestos and mesothelioma cause.

  • Ellen Patton
    Award: Alan Reinstein Award
    asbestos awareness advocateAs a client of Simmons Hanly Conroy, Ellen has experienced firsthand the devastation of a mesothelioma diagnosis. She is a steadfast asbestos awareness advocate – she delivered a speech titled “A Patient’s Mesothelioma Journey” at a Senate briefing in 2013 in Washington D.C. She has also started a soap making business that donates 10 percent of its profits to ADAO.

    “After outliving the 12 to 18 months prognosis I was given, I felt it was my duty to warn oth-ers of the dangers of asbestos,” Ellen said in a Simmons Hanly Conroy interview. “I needed to speak for those who had gone before me and could speak no more.”

  • Dr. Jorma Rantanen
    Award: Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award
    When it comes to spreading asbestos awareness and advocating for the elimination of asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, Dr. Rantanen has worked tirelessly. He will be honored by ADAO on April 18.
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Petersen/Siddall Families and Law Firms Present Fire Prevention Gift to SIUE


Fire Prevention check Chancellor's office 03-10-15The families of Lauren Petersen and Lacy Siddall along with their attorneys Ted Gianaris of Simmons Hanly Conroy and Tom Long, of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC, have partnered with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to produce a fire safety video in memory of SIUE students Lauren and Lacy.

The two women passed away from their injuries after their off-campus apartment caught fire in April 2012. The video will share the girls’ stories and emphasize the importance of fire safety for college students. The families and their attorneys have each donated $5,000 toward the video production, for a total of $20,000.

“No one should have to experience the pain and suffering these two families have gone through,” said Gianaris. “It was an honor to represent the Petersen family, and if this video can help prevent another family from experiencing similar heartache then it is well worth the effort.”

The 19-year-old Petersen was a student in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences. The 21-year-old Siddall was studying speech-language pathology in the SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior.

The families and their attorneys fought a large insurance company for two years before winning in 2014. During the fight, they all agreed that if they won they would use some of the proceeds to honor the girls and try to prevent college fire tragedies in the future.… Read the rest

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