New Test Could Lead To Earlier Detection Of Mesothelioma

posted: 08/03/2012

Australian researchers announced yesterday that they have developed a new test aimed at detecting mesothelioma in its earliest stages. Scientists at New South Wales University believe they have developed an electronic nose which they claim can detect the presence of a malignant lung disease, including mesothelioma. The initial study included 38 victims with an asbestos related disease and 42 control subjects. Researchers were able to identify specific asbestos diseases with 88% accuracy.

This test, which involves a non-invasive procedure, could be a break-through for asbestos victims and could lead to earlier detection of mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs that's only known cause is asbestos. The disease is rarely detected in its earlier stages as obvious symptoms do not typically develop until the later stages of the disease. In its later stages, mesothelioma treatment options are limited and the disease is almost always fatal. Currently, the disease can only be diagnosed through biopsy.

The study conducted by the researchers produced an interesting result and if it can be duplicated in larger scientific studies, the test could change the way asbestos victims are monitored and treated. The non-invasive and cost effective nature of the test could lead to more frequent monitoring of asbestos victims, which could in turn lead to earlier detection of asbestos diseases such as mesothelioma. Earlier detection can lead to many more treatment options. While the test is still in its development phases and the claims have yet to be validated, there is at least some hope on the horizon for the victims of asbestos exposure.

At Ward & Barnes, we support and applaud all researches working to treat the victims of asbestos. We are attorneys that focus in asbestos litigation and work to help the victims of asbestos exposure obtain justice for themselves and for their loved ones. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure, please give Ward & Barnes a call for a free consultation. The attorneys at Ward & Barnes represent mesothelioma and lung cancer victims in Pensacola, Northwest Florida, across the state of Florida, and across the nation.

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