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New Asbestos Cancer Test

Researchers at Oxford University claim that they have made a better test for asbestos related cancer. The test looks at levels of a protein that is associated with cancer in the fluid of the lungs.

The current method of diagnosis is called pleural fluid cytology. This looks at the fluid in the lungs to determine whether or not cancer cells are present. However, it is not very sensitive and can miss the cells fairly often.

If you would like to know more about mesothelioma diagnosis, you can contact us through our website at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Estrogen Vs Mesothelioma

Both sexes are affected by mesothelioma, but researchers have noticed that women tend to survive longer and have less aggressive tumors. A group of Italian researchers believed that this might have something to do with estrogen. Their studies showed that this was true.

According to the research, patients with more estrogen receptor beta had less cancer cell growth. They also found that as estrogen was introduced to mesothelioma cancer cells, those cells stopped growing or slowed growth.

More research is needed before scientists can determine whether or not estrogen can be used as a cancer treatment.

If you would like to know more about mesothelioma treatments, you can contact us through the website www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Ball Fields Made from Former Asbestos Site

Where an asbestos plant once stood, ball fields are now being put in. The township of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey and its respective county purchased the 17 acre site back in 2004. Five years later, the site has been cleaned up and is ready for the ball fields to be constructed.

42,000 tons of soil had been contaminated by asbestos and petroleum leaks and had to be removed from the site. The initial projected cost was $1 million, but the task came out to $6.5 million. Now the county has granted a $3.85 million contract to a developer to put ball fields, a concession stand, restrooms and parking into its 13 acres of land.

The other four acres of land belong to Berkeley Heights and still do not have plans for renovation.

If you would like to know more about asbestos and the danger it poses to the public, you can contact us through our website at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Fire Raises Asbestos Concerns

In Torrington, Connecticut, a factory fire has led to some concern about the spread of asbestos. The fire burned at the Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation factory where a large amount of asbestos was stored.

The blaze became so large that area residents needed to be evacuated and vinyl siding on nearby houses melted. Because of this, residents are worried that the asbestos could have been released into the air. However, the state Department of Environmental Protection says there is little danger.

If you would like to know more about asbestos exposure, you can contact us through the website www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Diagnostic Tests Improved in Conjuction

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have found that using two genetic tests in conjunction with one another can greatly increase the sensitivity of mesothelioma diagnostic tests.

The two tests, karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridiztion (FISH), used along with cytology nearly doubled the sensitivity of the tests on their own. The researchers examined 48 patients thought to have mesothelioma and had a 60% success rate.

If you would like to know more about mesothelioma diagnosis, you can contact us through the website at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Combination Scan Works Better

Researchers have found that a combination computerized tomography-positron emission tomography (CT-PET) scan is more beneficial to mesothelioma patients than a normal CT or MRI scan.

In an evaluation of the scan results of 35 patients, researchers found that CT scans showed 4 of them in advanced stage mesothelioma. However, the CT-PET scan showed 16 of those same patients in advanced stages.

This information is useful for patients who are considering surgery as it can help with benefit analysis. The surgery is very dangerous and most patients in advanced stages do not benefit from it.

If you would like to know more about mesothelioma and possible treatments, you can contact us through our site at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Shipyard Worker Sues BAE Systems

BAE Land Systems is a global defense, security and aerospace company that, among other things, manufactures submarines. The company has several locations at least one of which, the Barrow location, has been around for the last 130 years.

A former employee of BAE Systems’ Barrow Shipyard was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January 2008. He worked in the machine and engine shops which were lined with asbestos. He also encountered the substance in his day to day work. Because of this, he has recently brought a claim against the company.

If you would like more information about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, you can contact us through our website at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Steel Worker's Family Awarded $700,000

On July 24, a South Carolina jury returned a verdict in a mesothelioma case, awarding the family of a deceased steel worker $700,000. The man had worked for Bethlehem Steel in their Sparrows Point, Maryland factory in the 1950s. In that time he was exposed to asbestos.

The asbestos was in products manufactured by Garlock Sealing Technology Inc, and caused the man to develop mesothelioma. The cancer led to the man’s death on July 13, 2007. The jury found Garlock negligent in failing to warn about the dangers of their products.

If you would like to know more about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, you can contact us through our website at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Biopsy Method May Diagnose Mesothelioma Better

In Osaka, Japan, researchers studied the difference between the use of standard flexible forceps (SFF) and an insulated tip diathermic knife (IT knife) in biopsies. The researchers biopsied 20 subjects who had some sort of pleural effusion.

The study found that diagnostic results were effective in 17 of the 20 patients, 85%, when using the IT knife. This compared with effective diagnosis in 12 of the 20 patients, 60%, when using SFF.

Using the IT knife may diagnose mesothelioma far more effectively, allowing treatment to occur in earlier stages. If you would like to know more about mesothelioma and possible treatments, you can contact us through the website, www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

Asbestos and Taconite

Research into the mineral taconite and its effects on health is under way at the University of Minnesota. Previous research has shown that mesothelioma in Iron Range where taconite is mined occurs at twice the rate as the rest of the state.

Researchers are now looking for a link between taconite and mesothelioma. Because the symptoms associated with taconite are so similar to those of asbestos, the research could lead to an expansion of the definition of asbestos that would include taconite.

If you would like to know more about asbestos and its effects, you can contact us through our website at www.mesothelioma-asbestoshelp.org.

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