Sleep medicine nurse practitioner Doreen Gagne, CRNP, helps patients with sleep disorders at Chesapeake Pulmonary and Sleep Physicians in Maryland. Alongside her professional duties in healthcare, Doreen Gagne, CRNP, routinely contributes to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation in memory of her father.
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization working toward a world without mesothelioma. It has generated more than $9.8 million in research funding, allowing scientists to learn more about the disease and work toward cures and therapies.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is primarily caused by asbestos. It impacts the smooth linings inside the body that are composed of mesothelial cells, which are found in the lungs, chest, and heart. When asbestos particles make their way into these linings, they can form solid, cancerous tumors.
In addition to efforts in medical research, the Meso Foundation is active in asbestos education and prevention initiatives. In conjunction with the EPA, the foundation reports that asbestos is particularly common in the insulation of homes built between 1930 and 1950. If you are not sure if your home’s insulation contains asbestos, contact the manufacturer for assistance. If it does contain asbestos, it is recommended to hire a certified asbestos mitigation professional for safe removal.