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Research points to possible test for early detection of malignant mesothelioma

Early detection of cancer is an important aspect of increasing the effectiveness of treatment. Cancer screening approaches and guidelines vary depending on the type of cancer at issue. Unfortunately, there are not currently any established screening tests for mesothelioma. In many cases, mesothelioma is not diagnosed until it is in its later stages. Part of the reason for this is that it is rare and causes symptoms which mimic other cancers and illnesses.

The Symptoms of Mesothelioma

Asbestos and Mesothelioma have both occupied prominent spots in the national dialogue over the past several years. Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer that can develop due to exposure to asbestos. Asbestos damages the genetic material of the cells that make up the mesothelium of the lung.

Louisiana woman navigates procedural issue in take-home asbestos exposure case

While the majority of asbestos litigation is brought by those who have had firsthand exposure to asbestos and asbestos-related products, typically on the job, those who have suffered injury and loss due to secondhand asbestos exposure may also have the ability to obtain compensation. The number of these cases is small, but they do exist.

Avondale workers suffer mesothelioma decades after exposure

During its heyday, the Avondale Shipyards employed 26,000 people and the good-paying jobs were a magnet for blue collar men and women. Avondale's workforce was second to none in Louisiana during the 1970s, landing numerous military ship-building contracts. Workers boasted that there was so much work they could log as much overtime pay as they wanted. It was a tremendous economic boon. But the people who worked building and repairing ships probably didn't know they were literally risking their lives with each passing work hour.