New Research Explores Link Between Mesothelioma and Other Cancers, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A team of international scientists say mesothelioma patients are more likely than the general public to also be diagnosed with another kind of cancer.

Mesothelioma Linked to Other Cancers

Linking Mesothelioma and Other Cancers

We found a bidirectional association of pleural malignant mesothelioma with kidney cancer...

Researchers in China, Germany, Sweden and the USA have conducted the first study on the prevalence of second primary cancers both after and before malignant mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just published an article on the new research. Click here to read it now.

According to the newly published report, the 5,000+ mesothelioma patients studied were more likely to receive a diagnosis of another type of cancer, as well. Among those who were diagnosed within a year of their first cancer, kidney cancer was the most likely diagnosis. The same was true if the order of the cancers was reversed.

“We found a bidirectional association of pleural malignant mesothelioma with kidney cancer for overall and for <1 year follow-up, suggesting the involvement of germline BAP1 mutations and increased medical surveillance,” writes researcher Tianhui Chen, a molecular epidemiologist with the Institute of Occupational DIseases in Hangzhou, China.

The study, published in Cancer Letters, finds that cancer diagnoses received a year or more after a mesothelioma diagnosis were less likely to be kidney cancer. Likewise for patients who developed mesothelioma a year or more after a different primary cancer.

“The more we learn about the patterns surrounding the development of mesothelioma, the more likely it seems that asbestos is likely to be implicated in other types of cancers,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma.

To read the details of the new research on mesothelioma and other types of cancer, see The Link Between Mesothelioma and Other Cancers, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Chen, T, et al, “Risk of second primary cancers after malignant mesothelioma and vice versa”, May 31, 2016, Cancer Letters, Epub ahead of print,

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