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Spanish Study Confirms Deadly Nature of Mesothelioma

A new study done by a group of Spanish researchers has confirmed what many oncologists and asbestos awareness groups already knew: of all the asbestos-related diseases, malignant mesothelioma is the deadliest of them all. In an effort to assess the global impact of asbestos exposure, the scientists investigated the health histories and outcomes of a group of asbestos-exposed individuals from their community to determine the exact impact that asbestos had on each of them. Their analysis revealed that among those who died as a result of their exposure, the majority had been diagnosed with either pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma.

According to the researchers, their study was the first to isolate a community with the goal of identifying the risk of death for all asbestos-related diseases. It was conducted in Barcelona, Spain after identifying a nearby community known to have been exposed to asbestos between 1970 and 2006. Of the 544 individuals whose medical histories and outcomes were reviewed, 167 died of asbestos-relate diseases, and more than half of that group had been diagnosed with either pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma. There were some among the group who died of non-asbestos related events, and from other asbestos-related diseases, but the large majority of cases ending in death were mesothelioma victims.

Upon reviewing their data, the researchers warned of the dangers of asbestos and the seriousness with which business and community leaders need to address preventing exposure in the future. “Our research shows the effects of prolonged exposure to asbestos which resulted in a high incidence rate of asbestos-related disease mortality. This kind of exposure and outcome can only be produced by inadequate preventive and protective measures against asbestos. These findings suggest the need to develop a preventive approach to the community and to improve the clinical followup process of these patients.”

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