Mesothelioma Victims Center Comments on Biopsies and How CT Scans Might Not Be as Accurate as Once Thought in Diagnosing Mesothelioma

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The Mesothelioma Victims Center is convinced that hundreds, possibly thousands, of US citizens lose out on compensation each and every year because they did not have the knowledge or understanding that a loved one could be sick with mesothelioma after having been unknowingly exposed to asbestos for long periods of time while in the workplace. To keep victims and family members up-to-date with information regarding new treatment options, the group is sharing a recent article from Mesotheliomaclinic.org that delves into evidence showing how unreliable a CT scan can be when looking for mesothelioma. http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

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A 'significant proportion' of patients examined for suspected mesothelioma with the aid of nothing more than a CT scanner can expect to be told they do not have the disease, when actually they do

This week the Center is calling attention to a new report titled, “Malignant Mesothelioma Falsely Read as Benign by CT Scans" as a must read for individuals whose physician has suggested mesothelioma is a possibility. According to the report, "Researchers in England have concerns that using just a CT scan to identify malignant mesothelioma may miss pleural malignancies and lead to incorrect diagnoses. A 'significant proportion' of patients examined for suspected mesothelioma with the aid of nothing more than a CT scanner can expect to be told they do not have the disease, when actually they do,” says the Mesothelioma Victims Center.

The article goes on to say, “Researchers from the Respiratory Trials Unit of Oxford University in England report that CT scans of the chest have a tendency to produce falsely negative findings. Thinking their patients are mesothelioma free, the doctors order no treatments. This causes tragic delay in the start of any counterattack that could be launched against the cancer. Therefore, mesothelioma doctors should reconsider the use of CT images alone to give a mesothelioma diagnosis, the researchers recommend."
http://www.mesotheliomaclinic.org/malignant-mesothelioma-falsely-read-as-benign-by-ct-scans/

If mesothelioma has been suggested by a physician treating a cancer victim or an individual who had long term occupational exposure to asbestos, the victim and/or their family members are urged to contact the Mesothelioma Victims Center anytime at 866-714-6466. The group will explain how vital it is to have a biopsy performed. Without an actual diagnosis of mesothelioma that includes a biopsy and pathology report, compensation for this rare form of cancer is all but impossible. http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Mesothelioma Victims Center has two primary goals. The first is to make certain all diagnosed victims of mesothelioma in the United States have instant access to the nation's most skilled mesothelioma compensation lawyers, because their is a direct correlation between the skill of the attorney and the amount of compensation a diagnosed victim of this rare form of cancer might receive. Their second goal is to offer all diagnosed victims and their family members the nation's best resource when it comes to treatment for mesothelioma. However, there is a problem; if a individual is not properly diagnosed with mesothelioma compensation is very unlikely any amount of compensation can be earned.

Information about Mesothelioma for Diagnosed Victims and Their Families from The Mesothelioma Victims Center:

High risk work groups for exposure to asbestos include US Navy Veterans, power plant workers, shipyard workers, oil refinery workers, manufacturing workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, or construction workers. Typically the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s. http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

According to the US Center for Disease Control the average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. Frequently victims of mesothelioma are initially misdiagnosed with pneumonia. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

According to the CDC the states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon. However, based on the calls the Mesothelioma Victims Center receives a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma could live in any state including New York, Florida, California, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, or Alaska.

For a up to date map from the CDC showing the states with the highest incidence of mesothelioma please refer to their web site on this topic. http://www2.cdc.gov/drds/worldreportdata/figuretabledetailsarchive.asp?FigureTableID=139&GroupRefNumber=F07-02

The Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “Before you hire a mesothelioma attorney please call us at 866-714-6466, and compare the qualifications of who we consider to be the nation's most skilled mesothelioma attorneys to any other lawyer, or law firm. When it comes to obtaining the best mesothelioma compensation settlement, the quality of the attorney matters, as we would like to explain anytime." http://MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health's web site related to this rare form of cancer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html

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