Australian Scientists Say Mesothelioma Subtype is Not Related to How or Where Asbestos Exposure Happened, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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New research finds no consistent link between how a person was exposed to asbestos and the type of mesothelioma they develop.

Impact of Exposure on Mesothelioma Subtype

Mesothelioma Subtype and Asbestos Exposure History

There was no strong evidence of a consistent role of asbestos exposure indicators in determining the histological subtype of malignant mesothelioma.

Researchers at the University of Western Australia did a 50-year review of the Western Australian Mesothelioma Registry, comparing epithelioid, sarcomatoid, and biphasic mesothelioma patients with the details of their asbestos exposure histories. Surviving Mesothelioma has just published an article on the new research. Click here to read in now.

To perform the new mesothelioma study, the scientists considered where and when each mesothelioma patient was exposed to asbestos and what type or form of asbestos they encountered. They then compared their findings to each patient’s mesothelioma subtype.

“There was no strong evidence of a consistent role of asbestos exposure indicators in determining the histological subtype of malignant mesothelioma,” writes lead author Dr. Peter Franklin with the School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia.

The article, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, did find a slight association between biphasic mesothelioma (the second most common type) and occupational, as opposed to environmental, exposure.

An understanding of mesothelioma subtype and its potential causes is critical because it is so closely connected to mesothelioma prognosis and survival,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma.

For a more indepth look at the results of the new study and an explanation of the three mesothelioma subtypes, see Mesothelioma Subtype Unrelated to Source or Degree of Asbestos Exposure, available now on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Franklin, P, et al, “Asbestos exposure and histological subtype of malignant mesothelioma”, August 19, 2016, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epub ahead of print,

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