The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center brings attention to the dangers of asbestos and the deadly form of cancer it causes: mesothelioma. We are an independent group working to help mesothelioma patients, caregivers, advocates and others looking to learn more about the disease.
OUR SITE OFFERS
Information about mesothelioma diagnosis, treatment, and other aspects of the disease, as well as the substance that causes it (asbestos).
A regularly updated blog that provides the latest news about mesothelioma treatment research, advocacy efforts, and legal issues.
Doctors & Centers
A comprehensive directory of doctors and cancer centers that treat mesothelioma, complete with contact information.
Free Legal Review
Access to free case reviews for mesothelioma patients and family members who want to learn more about legal compensation.
Meet the Team
Adam J. Bograd, M.D.
Thoracic Surgeon & Medical Reviewer
Dr. Adam J. Bograd is an experienced, board-certified thoracic surgeon currently practicing at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, WA. Dr. Bograd's clinical focus is on thoracic malignancies, with a particular interest in malignant pleural mesothelioma. He obtained his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He subsequently completed his general surgery residency at New York University Medical Center. Prior to completing general surgery residency, he completed a two-year research fellowship focusing on targeted immunotherapy for thoracic malignancies within the Center for Cell Engineering and Thoracic Surgery Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, under the mentorship of Drs. Prasad Adusumilli and Michel Sadelain. Dr. Bograd then went on to complete his thoracic surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where his interest in pleural mesothelioma was further fostered, training under several mesothelioma pioneers. In his role as medical reviewer for the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center, Dr. Bograd will fact check information for the team and lend his insights on the ever-evolving world of mesothelioma treatment and research.x
W. Thomas Purcell, MD, MBA
Dr. Purcell trained in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine followed by residency training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He then completed fellowship training in Medical Oncology at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Purcell joined the faculty of the University of Colorado in May of 2012. He is currently the Executive Medical Director, Oncology Services and Associate Director for Clinical Services of the University of Colorado Cancer Center. He is very involved in clinical activities and focuses on GI and Lung cancer. His most recent project is a wellness incentive for cancer patients called BFitBWell in which cancer patients are encouraged to begin and maintain an exercise program at the Anschutz Wellness Center to help maintain wellness during cancer treatment.x
Tonya Nelson is an experienced writer and editor, who has published on a wide variety of topics, particularly in the health field. Her bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University sparked her curiosity for writing stories about environmental and medical issues. As the Managing Editor, Tonya oversees the content development process, ensuring every article and informational page published adheres to MAA Center’s editorial guidelines.x
Molly McGuane is a health advocate and seasoned writer with experience in journalism and marketing. In her role as a Communications Specialist for the MAA center, Molly’s main goal is to bring awareness to mesothelioma and educate others concerning the disease and the risks associated with asbestos exposure. Molly holds a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Communications from Le Moyne College.x
Lauren Eaton is an experienced writer with a background in health writing and digital marketing. In her role with the MAA Center, Lauren engages with the community in an effort to raise awareness about mesothelioma. As the daughter of a firefighter, she is passionate about educating others about the dangers of asbestos exposure and hopes to one day see a ban of the toxin worldwide. Lauren holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Oswego State University.x
Our writers are not medical professionals unless otherwise noted. The MAACenter content team adheres to editorial guidelines to ensure all content on the site is up to date with the most relevant information. No individuals associated with content creation for the MAACenter have any conflicts of interest pertaining to any health organizations.
What Others Are Saying
“The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center has been a great source of information through the great articles from health care providers and patients. I am so thankful to be able to access their resources and be able to guide family and friends to to this wonderful website.”
— Anna Kearns, Salt Lake City, Utah
“Asbestos is a hidden danger that can cause devastating cancer but is easily preventable if one knows to look for it. Asbestos is not banned in the US because of special interest influence on the EPA. It is important for experts to directly communicate the dangers of asbestos to the community at large since the government and EPA have failed in this regard. One only has to look at the safety failures in the aftermath of 9/11.”
— Dr. Raja Flores, Mount Sinai Medical Center
“Until my father got sick, my family and I didn't know much about mesothelioma or asbestos. When the doctor told us about the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center website, we learned so much through the articles on the webpage. It has really been helpful not only to us, but to others who we know are dealing with the same thing.”
— Cindy Zody, Loudonville, Ohio
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We are sponsored by The Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen law firm, a national law firm devoted to helping victims of asbestos exposure receive compensation to pay for treatment costs and other expenses related to their diagnosis.
We support the non-profit organizations, which are dedicated to funding mesothelioma research and banning asbestos.
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