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Age at diagnosis plays a huge role in treatment for mesothelioma

A study published in the medical industry journal Lung Cancer reveals a huge demographic disparity impacting treatment for malignant mesothelioma. An analysis of the 2011 National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) data shows that age provided the greatest disparity in treatment levels.

The SEERS database contained information about almost 500 malignant mesothelioma patients, almost 400 of which had the pleural form, and more than 50 had the non-pleural type. Without treatment, pleural mesothelioma, which starts in the pleural lining surrounding the lungs, is an aggressive form of cancer that is fatal in months.

Have you been exposed to benzene in the workplace?

Benzene is a chemical used in a number of different industries. Workers in the rubber, steel, oil and gasoline industries are some of the most at risk. Unfortunately, companies do not always provide proper safety measures.

You can be overexposed to benzene by breathing it in as a gas, or absorbing it through the skin. Benzene exposure is linked to cancer – especially leukemia and other blood cancers.

Mesothelioma In The Workplace

Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure and there is currently no known cure. Originally used because its heat and flame retardant properties, asbestos is actually a mineral that is made up of fine particles that are toxic if they become airborne and are breathed in.  Unfortunately, companies were aware of the dangers of asbestos in the workplace, but many have been slow to adopt precautionary measures, thus putting employees at risk.

Where can asbestos be found?

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