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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 »

Surgery May Impact Mesothelioma Survival More Than Stage

A study conducted in Belgium appears to support the idea that whether or not a malignant pleural mesothelioma patient undergoes surgery may be a better predictor of survival than the stage of their cancer. The study including 101 patients diagnosed with or treated for pleural mesothelioma between 2001 and 2015 at Antwerp University Hospital. The goal of the study was to determine how closely the … Continue reading Surgery May Impact Mesothelioma Survival More Than Stage »

Dental Technicians May Be at Increased Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma

A new study is highlighting a little known risk for people who have worked in the dental industry – the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma. The study conducted in Italy focuses on the cases of four dental laboratory technicians and one spouse of a technician who apparently developed pleural mesothelioma because of the asbestos used in the manufacturing of dental prostheses. The cases are a reminder … Continue reading Dental Technicians May Be at Increased Risk for Malignant Mesothelioma »

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 »

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