Maintenance Work Can Carry a High Mesothelioma Risk

A CDC report out this week on the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the US suggests that people who renovate or do repairs and maintenance work on older asbestos-containing buildings may have the highest risk for mesothelioma in the coming years. The report, entitled “Malignant Mesothelioma Mortality – United States, 1999 – 2015” shows that mesothelioma diagnoses are still on the rise, despite regulations put … Continue reading Maintenance Work Can Carry a High Mesothelioma Risk »

The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk for Dentists

Mesothelioma risk can sometimes be found in unexpected places. According to a newly-published article, dentists and others involved in casting prosthetics such as crowns and bridges prior to the 1970s may be at elevated risk for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Researchers from Queens College, City University of New York and Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine are reporting on six cases of malignant mesothelioma among dental professionals … Continue reading The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk for Dentists »

Mesothelioma Risk High Among Shipyard Workers

A new analysis of Baltimore shipyard workers in the 1950s and 1960s suggests that exposure to a range of toxic substances raised their risk for lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma, and early death. Researchers with the Uniformed Services University in Maryland, the National Cancer Institute, and the US Military Academy in Westpoint, New York traced the work and health histories of more than 4,700 workers employed … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk High Among Shipyard Workers »

Phone Triage for Veterans with Suspected Malignant Mesothelioma

A plan to offer triage by telephone to veterans suspected of having malignant mesothelioma may enable them to access expert mesothelioma advice faster, potentially improving their long-term outcomes. In a newly published article in the Journal of Surgical Research, surgeons with VA Boston Healthcare System detail their experience with telephone triage of suspected malignant mesothelioma patients and explain how the system could help veterans around the … Continue reading Phone Triage for Veterans with Suspected Malignant Mesothelioma »

New Insights Into Mesothelioma Risk Among Brake Mechanics

The risk of mesothelioma among automobile brake mechanics may be higher than many in the industry even realize due, in part, to flawed research. A pair of researchers from Harvard and Brown Universities allege that a 2007 report deliberately manipulated asbestos exposure data to cast doubt about the relationship between malignant mesothelioma and brake work. The report in question, an Australian study published in the … Continue reading New Insights Into Mesothelioma Risk Among Brake Mechanics »

Swedish Mesothelioma Rates Unaffected By Asbestos Ban

The asbestos ban instituted in Sweden more than 30 years ago had still not had any measurable impact on the incidence of malignant mesothelioma in the country as of 2009. That is the conclusion reached by researchers at Sweden’s Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm who just completed a major study of asbestos exposure and mesothelioma in Sweden. The group also found … Continue reading Swedish Mesothelioma Rates Unaffected By Asbestos Ban »

Mesothelioma Risk Among Seaman and Sailors Still Hard to Quantify

  Thousands of people who worked aboard commercial ships may be at higher risk for developing malignant mesothelioma. Unfortunately, although the mesothelioma risk for merchant seamen has been acknowledged since the 1970s, there is still little information on how high the risk may be. That news comes from a new report on commercial seamen and mesothelioma published in the journal Inhalation Toxicology. Mesothelioma Risk and … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk Among Seaman and Sailors Still Hard to Quantify »

Mesothelioma Diagnosis Still a Possibility for 9/11 Survivors

Fifteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, some of the wounds inflicted that day have begun to heal. Unfortunately others, including many anticipated cases of malignant mesothelioma, have yet to be revealed. Malignant mesothelioma is the most deadly of several serious health conditions associated with the fibrous mineral, asbestos. It can take decades after people inadvertently inhale or swallow the … Continue reading Mesothelioma Diagnosis Still a Possibility for 9/11 Survivors »

Monitoring Program Improves Mesothelioma Diagnosis

A Polish program designed to identify mesothelioma earlier in former asbestos plant workers could have implications for malignant mesothelioma patients around the world. Mesothelioma is the most deadly of a range of diseases associated with exposure to asbestos. Other illnesses linked to asbestos exposure include lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural plaques. A new report published by Poland’s Nofer Institute of Occupational Health, says a 16-year-old … Continue reading Monitoring Program Improves Mesothelioma Diagnosis »

Pleural Fluid May Help Mesothelioma Grow and Spread

The excess lung fluid that is behind one of the most bothersome mesothelioma symptoms may be more than just a side effect;  it may actually contribute to the growth and spread of malignant mesothelioma. More than 90 percent of mesothelioma patients will experience pleural effusion, a buildup of fluid in the space around the lungs. As fluid fills the pleural space, many patients develop shortness … Continue reading Pleural Fluid May Help Mesothelioma Grow and Spread »