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 »

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 »

The Surprise Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Mesothelioma Survival

New research suggests that the socioeconomic status of some mesothelioma patients may have a greater influence on survival than how close they live to high-level cancer care. Researchers in Australia, a country with a long history of asbestos use and a high per capita incidence of malignant mesothelioma, assessed the cases of more than 900 pleural mesothelioma patients listed in the New South Wales Cancer Registry. … Continue reading The Surprise Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Mesothelioma Survival »

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 »

Study Finds Chemotherapy Maximizes Odds of Mesothelioma Survival

A large US study of mesothelioma patients confirms what other studies have suggested: Mesothelioma patients who have chemotherapy live longer than those who don’t, and multimodal therapy is the best way to improve overall mesothelioma survival. The study utilized data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database and included 1,625 Medicare patients with a diagnosis or either peritoneal or pleural … Continue reading Study Finds Chemotherapy Maximizes Odds of Mesothelioma Survival »

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 Survival May Hinge on Microscopic Cell Differences

Could your odds of surviving pleural mesothelioma be higher with some variations of the disease that with others? That is the theory behind recently published mesothelioma research. After analyzing nearly 200 malignant mesothelioma cases, a team of Welsh pathologists determined that subtle differences in mesothelioma cells can have a measurable impact on survival. The news was best for patients with a particular variety of epithelioid … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survival May Hinge on Microscopic Cell Differences »

Electronic Support for Mesothelioma Cancer Patients: Does it Help?

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Researchers in Australia suspect that online and telephone support services have the potential to improve outcomes for mesothelioma patients and they’ve just announced a first-of-its-kind study to test the theory. Patients and families who receive a devastating diagnosis like malignant mesothelioma typically have many questions, in addition to emotional and practical issues, and support services can be an invaluable resource for them. Unfortunately, not every … Continue reading Electronic Support for Mesothelioma Cancer Patients: Does it Help? »