Prevention | Surviving Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure

The timing of a person’s exposure to asbestos may play a bigger role in the development of malignant pleural mesothelioma than previously thought. A new French study has found that asbestos exposure earlier in a worker’s career appeared to raise their risk of developing pleural mesothelioma more than asbestos exposure later in their work life. Exposure Timing and Mesothelioma Risk The study evaluated the cases … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk and the Timing of Asbestos Exposure »

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 »

Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings

A new government report has some sobering news for teachers and students in England: Nearly 20 percent of schools may be failing to adequately protect them from asbestos, the primary cause of malignant pleural mesothelioma. The asbestos management report, issued by the Education Funding Agency, is based on data collected online from more than 5,500 schools in 2016. It offers a disturbing view of mesothelioma risk … Continue reading Mesothelioma Risk in Older School Buildings »

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 »

The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk in Italy’s Drinking Water

Thousands of people who live or travel in Italy may be at risk for peritoneal mesothelioma and other abdominal cancers and not even know it. A recent report found evidence of asbestos fibers in drinking water in the Tuscany region in Central Italy and cancer researchers say the problem could trigger cases of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma. Scientists with the International Society of Doctors for Environment … Continue reading The Hidden Mesothelioma Risk in Italy’s Drinking Water »

Experimental Treatment Targets Pleural Mesothelioma with Compound in Red Wine

The question of how to make chemotherapy more effective in the treatment of malignant mesothelioma is one that has plagued cancer researchers for years. Now, a group of Korean doctors believe they may be closer to an answer. Scientists at Soonchunhyang University in Cheonan, Korea were the first to study the mesothelioma-fighting power of a chemical in red wine called resveratrol back in 2012 and have … Continue reading Experimental Treatment Targets Pleural Mesothelioma with Compound in Red Wine »

Breath Screening May Help Detect Early Mesothelioma

Belgian scientists say a new kind of breath analysis tool holds promise as a way to screen former asbestos workers for early signs of malignant mesothelioma. Doctors in the Departments of Respiratory and Internal Medicine at Ghent University made that determination after administering breath analysis tests to 66 people, including 23 malignant pleural mesothelioma patients. A New Type of Breath Test To conduct their breath … Continue reading Breath Screening May Help Detect Early Mesothelioma »

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 »

Low-Dose CT May Improve Mesothelioma Survival Odds for German Workers

Germany is leading the way in the fight to detect asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma earlier in exposed workers. Based on studies showing the early warning benefits of low dose CT scanning in smokers, Germany’s statutory accident insurance now covers these special exams for high risk asbestos workers. Asbestos and Mesothelioma Risk Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was widely used for decades to strengthen and … Continue reading Low-Dose CT May Improve Mesothelioma Survival Odds for German Workers »

Most Mesothelioma Patients Don’t Need Preventive Radiotherapy after Pleural Intervention

Preventive radiotherapy may not be the best way to keep new tumors from growing at the site of pleural interventions in people with malignant pleural mesothelioma. That is the finding of a group of physician researchers in the UK, who tracked the outcomes of more than 200 mesothelioma patients from institutes across the country who had procedures that required the use of a large-bore pleural … Continue reading Most Mesothelioma Patients Don’t Need Preventive Radiotherapy after Pleural Intervention »

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