Researchers Say Many Unclassified Mesothelioma Cases Are Probably Still Caused By Asbestos, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Even when the cause seems to be a mystery, Italian researchers say a little digging proves that many mesothelioma cases are linked to asbestos after all.

Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma of "Unknown" Origin

The detailed reconstruction of clinical and occupational history and of lifestyle habits of patients...make it possible for previously overlooked asbestos exposure to be acknowledged.

Scientists in Italy say their evidence shows that asbestos is usually the cause of mesothelioma, even in cases where the cause couldn’t be classified. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new findings. Click here to read it now.

University of Milan researchers reevaluated 364 mesothelioma cases of unknown origin and found that an additional 12 percent of them had a hidden asbestos connection.

“The detailed reconstruction of clinical and occupational history and of lifestyle habits of patients affected by malignant mesothelioma...make it possible for previously overlooked asbestos exposure to be acknowledged,” writes study author Carolina Mensi of the University of Milan.

Asbestos exposure was confirmed in half of these mesothelioma cases and determined to be very likely in the rest.

“When looking for a connection between a patient with mesothelioma and an asbestos source, it is important to keep in mind that not all asbestos exposure happens in jobs normally associated with asbestos,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “As this study suggests, sometimes it is necessary to dig deeper to discover asbestos in an unexpected place.”

Establishing a link between a mesothelioma case and asbestos is an important first step toward determining whether a patient could be entitled to compensation. To read more, see Mesothelioma of “Unknown” Cause: Asbestos May Still Be the Culprit, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Mensi, C et al, “Malignant mesotheliomas with unknown exposure to asbestos: a re-examination”, January 20, 2015, La Medicina Del lavoro, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26822243

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