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Books About Asbestos

Looking to learn more about the insidious mineral fiber asbestos, the cause of mesothelioma and some lung cancers? Give these titles a try.

Fatal Deception: The Untold Story of Asbestos – Why It Is Still Legal and Still Killing Us
The companies that profit from asbestos systematically covered up its dangers throughout the 20th century and fought against an asbestos ban, leading to millions of Americans being exposed and put at-risk for deadly diseases. Fatal Deception, written by an investigative journalist, tells the tale of asbestos in America through personal stories of asbestos victims and industry and government documents that lay bare the deceptive practices that led to an entirely preventable epidemic.
Defending the Indefensible: The Global Asbestos Industry and its Fight for Survival
The United States and Canada remain the only industrialized countries without an asbestos ban. Today asbestos is largely a problem in the developing world, where its use is minimally, if at all, regulated. But asbestos is a worldwide industry and its continued use has required a coordinated effort between corporations and their partners in government, insurance, and medicine. Defending the Indefensible takes a global perspective on how the asbestos industry continues to flourish in the face of damning evidence about asbestos health risks.
An Air That Kills: How the Asbestos Poisoning of Libby, Montana, Uncovered a National Scandal
In the small Western town of Libby, Montana, vermiculite containing asbestos was mined for use in building products made by W.R. Grace & Co. Grace for decades covered up the asbestos poisoning that was killing residents and causing an environmental disaster worse than Love Canal. In An Air That Kills, Pulitzer Prize-winner Andrew Schneider and David McCumber describe the Libby disaster in detail and link it to the larger American asbestos problem.

Books About Cancer

More and more is being learned about cancer each year. Some of the latest findings are detailed in these books.

The Emperor of All Maladies
The Emperor of All Maladies won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into a PBS documentary series by Ken Burns. In this so-called “biography of cancer” Oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee walks readers through the earliest-known cases of the disease up to the present day, offering tales of dashed hopes and encouraging breakthroughs. Around 40% of people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and many more will be touched by the disease, making this essential reading for everyone.
Anticancer: A New Way of Life
The cover of Anticancer warns that, “All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer.” Author/physician Dr. Servan-Schreiber is a long-time brain cancer survivor who attributes his survival to the anticancer foods and lifestyle modifications described in this book. Anticancer is a valuable resource not only for cancer patients who want to eat to heal, but also for healthy people who want to prevent cancer in the first place.
Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Survivors
This straightforward book on cancer nutrition is written for current patients and survivors who want to maximize their treatments and stay healthy through diet. Less a guide about the miracle healing power of food than it is a practical guide to eating right with cancer, Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Survivors discusses how food choices affect things like energy levels, immune system response, and treatment tolerance.

Books About Mesothelioma/Lung Cancer

Mesothelioma and lung cancer are the cancers most-associated with exposure to asbestos. Living with cancer requires equal parts education and inspiration. Find both in these titles.

100 Questions and Answers About Mesothelioma
Patients with the rare cancer mesothelioma usually have questions about how they got the disease and what their medical and legal options are. This book, written by renowned mesothelioma specialist Harvey I. Pass and nurse Mary Hesdorffer of the Meso Foundation, breaks down mesothelioma questions into ten sections that address common queries about how the disease develops, diagnosis and treatment, a patient’s legal rights, and more.
Information for Mesothelioma Clinical Trial Patients (Meso Foundation)
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is a non-profit dedicated to eradicating the disease through research, education, and patient support. It has compiled a free booklet (e-book or print) about mesothelioma clinical trials for patients interested in experimental treatment. With little progress in mesothelioma therapy over the past decade, clinical trials remain an important source of research aimed at finding breakthrough treatments.
Meso Warrior: One Woman’s Fight Against Mesothelioma
Mavis Nye was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2009 and has defied the odds with her long survival, attributable to a mixture of medical care and a positive attitude. It’s hard not to read Mavis’ words and have her optimism rub off on you. Now undergoing groundbreaking treatment in a UK clinical trial, Mavis is one of the mesothelioma community’s most inspiring and generous figures. Get to know her and learn from her in this Kindle book. You can read more about Mavis on the Mesothelioma Help blog.
How to Survive Lung Cancer: A Practical 12-Step Plan
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in America, second only to breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Not all victims are former smokers. Some were exposed to asbestos. Written by a lung cancer survivor and endorsed by a Harvard Medical School professor, this books is a helpful and hopeful guide for lung cancer patients and their families, with chapters about health and nutrition, overcoming fear, and how to make decisions when it feels like your life is spinning out of control.