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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Cancer-asbestos Link Proven – Even in Small Doses

A new study has confirmed that, following exposure, the human body can retain small quantities of fibrous asbestos, which can then cause serious conditions such as mesothelioma.

Prior to its UK ban in 1999, asbestos was commonly used in building and construction for its insulating and fire-retardant properties. However, medical researchers have long suspected a link between inhalation of asbestos fibres and the development of various cancers.

Aggressive

Of these conditions mesothelioma, which attacks the pleura (lining) of the lungs, is a notoriously aggressive example.

18-year Study Among the Largest of its Kind

Concentrating on exposure to asbestos, the new study involved almost 58,300 male subjects between 55 and 69 years of age. Monitored over a period of nearly 18 years, cases were recorded of laryngeal and lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma in excess of 2,600.

The study asserted that asbestos, even when identified at lower exposure levels, could be related to a higher risk of these cancers.

Major Health Implications

Researcher Neil Maune said the study was "ground-breaking", confirming that "exposure in even the smallest amounts can have major health implications years later.

"We work with clients that range from those directly exposed to asbestos on job sites to secondary exposure incidents where a person never even thought they were at any risk."

Various Cancers Risked

Dr Maune's team also believe that asbestos exposure could risk gastro-intestinal and colorectal cancers, and might increase the possibility of esophagal, throat, gallbladder and kidney cancers.

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