French study concludes that younger individuals exposed to asbestos are more likely to develop mesothelioma than those exposed at an older age.
El Segundo, CA (PRWEB) March 14, 2012
A recent study by French researchers concludes persons exposed to asbestos at a young age are more likely to develop Mesothelioma than those exposed to asbestos at an older age.
An uncommon form of cancer, mesothelioma or pericardial mesothelioma generally attacks the lining of the internal organs in the abdomen and chest. Almost all cases of mesothelioma have been linked to exposure to asbestos, a material used frequently in thousands of commercial, automotive and residential industrial applications during the middle twentieth century.
Unfortunately, most common treatment options, such as excision surgery and chemotherapy are rarely successful and the disease continues to spread rapidly. To date, there is not a known cure for mesothelioma.
Further complicating recovery options is the detection of the disease, which can take 20 or more years to manifest.
Early detection is key to any meaningful success. Even if the disease is detected early, it can easily be mistaken for less severe conditions because its symptoms are vague including restricted bowel movements, chest pain and shortness of breath.
French Mesothelioma Study offers hope to older workers
Though rare, mesothelioma currently affects between 2,000 and 3,000 people in the United States on an annual basis. The study published in the European Respiratory Journal revealed that controlled subjects consisting of 2,466 males over a twenty year period beginning in 1987, showed men under 20 years of age exposed to asbestos were far more likely to develop mesothelioma.
The same study found risk levels continued to increase until approximately 30 years after the subject’s asbestos exposure had ended. The study further concluded that the older in age the person subjected to asbestos exposures, the less likely they were to develop symptoms of mesothelioma.
European researchers collected these data and other information from several health reports released by studies from the French National Mesothelioma Surveillance Program and the French Network of Cancer Registries.
Because mesothelioma is so difficult to detect, there are few successful treatment options available upon diagnosis. Radiation is one preferred treatment, usually accompanied by chemotherapy. However, these treatments typically only slow the growth of the deadly disease, but do not eliminate it. Another form of treatment, known as the “fine needle aspiration” is a procedure in which excess fluid is drained from the pericardium. However, this procedure only helps to alleviate symptoms but is not a cure for mesothelioma.
To learn more about early asbestos exposure, symptoms of mesothelioma, treatment and legal options or for assistance in filing a mesothelioma lawsuit, please visit the resource center at MesoAuthority.com.