Childhood Environmental Asbestos Exposure and Malignant Mesothelioma

Environmental asbestos exposure in Danish children

Environmental asbestos exposure in childhood can dramatically raise the risk for malignant mesothelioma later in life. That is the finding of new mesothelioma research conducted in Denmark. The study appears in the newest issue of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. It included more than 12,000 people who attended school near an asbestos cement plant during a 30-year period. Researchers discovered that kids educated near the plant were much more likely to receive a mesothelioma diagnosis as adults. Environmental Asbestos Exposure in Danish Children Asbestos was once thought to be an ideal component of building products such as insulation, roof tiles, and cement. It has high tensile strength, is impervious to heat and flame, and is and highly resistant to corrosion. On … Continue reading Childhood Environmental Asbestos Exposure and Malignant Mesothelioma »

Mesothelioma Incidence in the US: The Good News and the Bad News

Mesothelioma incidence

A new study on mesothelioma incidence in the US contains some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the incidence of the asbestos cancer is finally dropping in the US, after years of growth. The bad news is that, if you live in the Northern part of the US, you are more likely to be exposed to the toxin and your mesothelioma risk is higher. The Good News About Mesothelioma Incidence in the US Asbestos is the primary cause of mesothelioma around the globe and in the US. Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that is resistant to fire and corrosion. It was mined at several sites in the US and used in thousands of consumer products … Continue reading Mesothelioma Incidence in the US: The Good News and the Bad News »

Asbestos in Mesothelioma Development: No Amount is Safe

asbestos in mesothelioma development

A new study contains some sobering news about the role of asbestos in mesothelioma development. Public health officials in Italy analyzed the medical records of people who died of pleural mesothelioma in the Broni, Italy area. Broni was the site of an asbestos cement plant from 1932 until 1993. They discovered that even some people who did not work with asbestos had a high risk of dying from this rare cancer. In fact, their risk for mesothelioma was higher even though their asbestos exposure was smaller. It suggests that no amount of asbestos exposure is “safe” — especially for people who are extra sensitive because of their genetics. Small Amounts of Asbestos in Mesothelioma Development Scientists began to suspect the … Continue reading Asbestos in Mesothelioma Development: No Amount is Safe »

Who Survives Mesothelioma and Why?

adjuvant radiotherapy for esothelioma

A new study of National Cancer Institute data aims to better understand who survives mesothelioma and why. Malignant mesothelioma is a highly aggressive cancer of internal membranes. Very few people diagnosed with mesothelioma live longer than 18 months. But researchers around the world are working to change those odds. One important step is to look at the characteristics of those who live longest with the asbestos cancer. NCI Data Shows Who Survives Mesothelioma Scientists at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York turned to the National Cancer Institute database to get a better picture of who survives mesothelioma. The database contains information reported by mesothelioma doctors from around the country. It includes information about the ages, gender, lifestyle, mesothelioma type, … Continue reading Who Survives Mesothelioma and Why? »

Researchers Name Six Top Mesothelioma Survival Factors

Certain factors lead to longer mesothelioma survival

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have named what they say are the top six mesothelioma survival factors. According to their new study, patients with one or more of these factors tend to have better mesothelioma treatment outcomes and live longer. Malignant mesothelioma – also called asbestos cancer – is one of the deadliest forms of cancer. It starts on internal membranes and spreads quickly. There is no cure and the disease is very hard to slow down. Many mesothelioma patients die within 12 to 18 months. But there are cases of much longer mesothelioma survival. Some patients have even lived for decades after mesothelioma treatment. The Pittsburgh researchers wanted to find the mesothelioma survival factors shared by the longest … Continue reading Researchers Name Six Top Mesothelioma Survival Factors »

Heartland Teachers Face Mesothelioma Risk in the Classroom

Even though teaching is not a profession typically associated with asbestos exposure, a newly published report out of Wisconsin offers a disturbing reminder of the mesothelioma risk posed by asbestos, wherever it is found.   Researchers with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the University of Wisconsin analyzed mesothelioma incidence in the state between 1997 and 2013. They discovered that, not only are there higher numbers of malignant mesothelioma cases among people in construction and manufacturing — two areas that have often been linked to mesothelioma — but the incidence also appears to be elevated among teachers. Malignant Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure Malignant mesothelioma is the most deadly of a group of illnesses associated with exposure to asbestos, a fibrous … Continue reading Heartland Teachers Face Mesothelioma Risk in the Classroom »

Surgery May Offer Survival Advantage for Rare Mesothelioma Subtypes

People with the most dangerous subtypes of malignant pleural mesothelioma may live longer if they undergo surgery. In an article in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, University of Arizona researchers say cancer-directed surgery can lengthen survival in people with sarcomatoid and biphasic mesothelioma, two of the hardest cancers to treat. Multiple studies have suggested that there is a survival benefit from surgery in people with epithelioid mesothelioma, the most common subtype. But, the evidence is much more scanty for people with either sarcomatoid or biphasic mesothelioma, both of which are associated with a worse mesothelioma prognosis  and shorter overall survival. Now, the Tucson-based research team says surgery aimed at removing the cancer (rather than just alleviating symptoms) can help these mesothelioma … Continue reading Surgery May Offer Survival Advantage for Rare Mesothelioma Subtypes »

Advocacy Groups Call for Asbestos Ban on Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Today marks the annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the US and mesothelioma patient advocacy groups are once again using the day to call for a total ban on asbestos, the primary cause of of this rare and deadly cancer. Asbestos is a carcinogenic mineral that was once commonly used in a variety of building, insulation, and household products. Since it was definitively linked to both pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma in the early part of the 20th century, fifty-five countries have banned it. Even though asbestos is blamed for the mesothelioma deaths of an estimated 2,500 Americans every year (and as many as 40,000 deaths from other asbestos-related illnesses), the US has failed to institute a ban — a fact that … Continue reading Advocacy Groups Call for Asbestos Ban on Mesothelioma Awareness Day »

Mesothelioma Survival Has Changed Little in Two Decades in Canada

There was some sobering news out of Canada this week that gives even more urgency to the need to find a cure for malignant mesothelioma. According to data compiled by Statistics Canada, while the net survival of several types of cancer has increased since the early 1990s, there has been little change in mesothelioma survival. Analysis of Cancer Net Survival The report, published in the journal Health Reports, calculated changes in net survival (where cancer is hypothetically the only possible cause of death) of patients with 30 different types of cancer during two 2-year time periods — 1992 to 1994 and 2012 to 2014. After factoring for age-related changes, the report analyzes differences in the five-year survival rates of patients … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survival Has Changed Little in Two Decades in Canada »

Mesothelioma Survival Odds Better for Women Than Men

Women diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma tend to live longer than men with the same disease.  Australian researchers say understanding exactly why that is could open the door to improving mesothelioma treatment for both genders. Assessing Mesothelioma Survival Rates By Gender Researchers led by the Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division of Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne used cancer registry data to identify cases of malignant mesothelioma and 24 others types of cancer diagnosed in Victoria between 1982 and 2015. Then, they assessed the survival differences for each type of cancer between men and women, adjusting for each patient’s age and year of diagnosis. According to their report published this week in Cancer Causes & Control, the bad news for men is … Continue reading Mesothelioma Survival Odds Better for Women Than Men »

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