Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. New technologies are emerging that will make detection easier and even potentially lead to a cure. Mesothelioma lawyers fully support these scientific advancements that could positively impact all asbestos victims.
Mesothelioma refers to the cancer of the mesothelium, which is the lining that surrounds and protects the vital organs of the body. Mesothelioma particularly develops in the lining surrounding the internal chest wall, lungs, the pericardium of the heart, the testes and the abdominal cavity.
Mesothelioma is one of the rarest forms of cancer. There are only around 2,500 to 3,500 reported cases of the disease each year in the United States. However, veterans and many other occupation asbestos exposure victims faced heightened asbestos exposure during World War II, and mesothelioma symptoms often take decades to reveal themselves. Therefore, an even bigger spike in cases is to be expected in years to come.
Mesothelioma is extremely common among men over the age of 60 who were employed in various industries. However, mesothelioma cancer has also been detected in women and children, possibly as a result of passively inhaling asbestos dust caught up in men’s clothing.
Recently, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston developed a test known as DecisionDx-Mesothelioma that can help doctor’s accurately diagnose mesothelioma patients. The test creates a gene profile and provides doctors with a better idea of mesothelioma related symptoms.
This is quite a giant leap since mesothelioma is a cancer that is not easily detected. Its symptoms are quite similar to other physical conditions and its total manifestation may not occur till very late in the development of the cancer. This is one of the reasons the mesothelioma mortality rate is so high.
Mesothelioma diagnoses can be confirmed through a combination of procedures, including gene expression tests such as DecisionDx-Mesothelioma, biopsies, and physical examinations. A patient’s medical and lifestyle history must also be taken into account. As more and more scientific advancements are developed, mesothelioma becomes easier to diagnosis and even treat.
Mesothelioma’s symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath and cough. The problem is that these symptoms can be found in many other illnesses. This new molecular test will help identify patients who may benefit from an aggressive cancer surgery. This can significantly aide them in deciding a treatment plan.
The technology and intellectual property rights for the test have been
purchased by Castle Biosciences of Texas. This could ensure greater developments
in the treatment and diagnosis of this complex form of asbestos-related cancer.
The company could make this landmark mesothelioma test available by the end of 2012, marking a major move in conquering this unpredictable and rare form of cancer that has claimed the lives of such celebrities such as Steve McQueen, Warren Zevon and Merlin Olsen, among others.
Asbestos attorneys and mesothelioma lawyers at Pintas & Mulllins Law Firm can help mesothelioma victims secure justice and get maximum compensation for their injuries.