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Risk of peritoneal mesothelioma may remain for decades

A study by university researchers indicates that the risk for a certain type of mesothelioma never drops once the person has been exposed to asbestos. People in Louisville who have previous exposure to asbestos might be interested in the findings, which showed that pleural mesothelioma risk might level off over the course of decades, but the risk of peritoneal mesothelioma is never reduced. Even after more than 40 years following exposure, the risk continues to grow.

How mesothelioma affects women

Mesothelioma has always been rarer among women than among men, but the incidence rate among women is still nothing to ignore. While there are 1.93 cases of mesothelioma per 100,000 men in the U.S., there are 0.41 per 100,000 women. Residents of Louisville should know that the number one cause of mesothelioma in both men and women is asbestos exposure.

Dendritic cell therapy may improve mesothelioma treatments

Various treatments for mesothelioma have been developed, yet none have been found to extend the lives of mesothelioma patients beyond a few months. Residents of Kentucky should know that the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors is also ineffective, the reason being that mesothelioma can keep dendritic cells, which are immune system cells, from activating the T-cells that can attack the cancer.

Tile manufacturers may suffer from asbestos-related diseases

In the 1950s and beyond, asbestos was a substance that was commonly used in the manufacture of a diverse range of products. In addition to construction materials, asbestos was also used in domestic materials such as tiles. Now that the dangerous nature of asbestos is known, it is no longer used in manufacturing products. However, for many workers who have been exposed to the mineral in the past, the damage has already been done.

New liquid biopsy could diagnose mesothelioma early

Louisville residents should be aware that mesothelioma, especially pleural mesothelioma, is an aggressive cancer. What makes matters worse is that most people are diagnosed in its late stages and thus have a low survival rate. However, Israeli researchers have found that a new cancer blood test could identify early-stage mesothelioma.

Symptoms and risk factors of mesothelioma

Every year in the U.S., there are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma. This disease, which usually arises from prolonged exposure to asbestos, equally affects men and women regardless of age or profession. However, Louisville residents should know that it may take years or even decades before they are ever diagnosed with it.

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