Polish Study Demonstrates Benefits of Mesothelioma Screening Exams for Asbestos Workers, According to Surviving Mesothelioma

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A Polish program designed to catch early signs of malignant mesothelioma in former asbestos plant employees is improving understanding of the rare cancer.

Asbestos Workers and Mesothelioma Risk

Polish Program Watches for Signs of Mesothelioma

The detailed exposure information obtained during the examination process has contributed to improved diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases.

A report published by the World Health Organization shows how providing yearly exams for people who have been exposed to asbestos might help them and others survive mesothelioma. Surviving Mesothelioma has just posted an article on the report. Click here to read it now.

The report includes details on a 16-year-old Polish mesothelioma monitoring program put in place three years after the country banned asbestos, the leading global cause of mesothelioma.

According to the report in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, “The detailed exposure information obtained during the examination process has contributed to improved diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases. Introduction of the programme also allowed the government to generate a reliable estimate of the number of asbestos-related occupational diseases, including cancer.”

Between 2001 and 2014, about 20 percent (1,700) of the eligible asbestos workers took part in the program and 289 cases of mesothelioma were diagnosed.

“The Amiantus program is an example of the improvements in mesothelioma diagnosis and care that can happen when at-risk individuals are aggressively monitored for signs of the disease,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma.

To read more about the program and its developers’ recommendations for others who want to institute monitoring for mesothelioma, see Monitoring Program Improves Mesothelioma Diagnosis, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.

Swiatkowska, B, et al, “Medical monitoring of asbestos-exposed workers: experience from Poland”, August 2016, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, pp. 599-604, http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/94/8/15-159426/en/

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