Cancer Researchers Say Iron Elimination May Help Prevent Development of Mesothelioma After Asbestos Exposure, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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Japanese scientists find that removing iron from the system of asbestos-exposed rats reduced the changes that can lead to mesothelioma.

Reducing Iron to Reduce Mesothelioma Risk

Iron Overload and Mesothelioma

Desferal significantly decreased peritoneal fibrosis, iron deposition and nuclear 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine [indicator of oxidative stress] levels in mesothelial cells.

New research conducted in Nagoya, Japan suggests that reducing iron overload after asbestos exposure could reduce the chance of developing malignant mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the new study. Click here to read it now.

In their search for a mesothelioma prevention strategy, ivestigators at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine used a chelating drug (desferal) to reduce the amount of iron in the bodies of lab rats with asbestos-induced pre-cancerous changes.

“Desferal significantly decreased peritoneal fibrosis, iron deposition and nuclear 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine [indicator of oxidative stress] levels in mesothelial cells,” reports study author Dr. Jiang Li in the journal Cancer Science.

In other words, iron removal scaled back several of the processes that can give rise to mesothelioma cancer even decades after asbestos exposure.

“This research could be critical for the tens of thousands of people who were negligently exposed to asbestos,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “For now, there is no know way to prevent development of the disease. All they can do is wait and hope.”

To read more about the possible link between iron and mesothelioma development, see Iron Removal May Reduce Mesothelioma Risk After Asbestos Exposure, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

For nearly ten years, Surviving Mesothelioma has brought readers the most important and ground-breaking news on the causes, diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. The information in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting any new treatment or making any changes to an existing treatment. You should not delay in seeking or disregard medical advice based on information in this article. Cannabis oil is NOT FDA approved for the treatment of any cancer.

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