Study: asbestos sprayers most at risk occupation for mesothelioma

14 Jun 2017 by Sarah Mahan under Research/Treatment

800px Bauer Elementary ASBESTOS 2 100x100 Study: asbestos sprayers most at risk occupation for mesotheliomaBack when was popular in construction and manufacturing, most -related disease cases were linked to occupation. A recent Finnish study has concluded that those whose job it was to apply spray-on asbestos insulation may be at a highest risk of -related disease, even compared to those who were employed in other types of work.

The study found sprayers had a standardized incidence ratio (SIR), a measure of the observed number of cancer cases to the expected number, that is as much as 100 times that of the general population, according to Surviving Mesothelioma. They also found that compared to those who worked in mines, patients with a lung-scarring disease asbestosis and a group who had already taken part in a screening study of asbestos exposure at work, sprayers were most likely to develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Lung cancer is more common in those exposed to than mesothelioma. However, mesothelioma is usually deadly. Patients with mesothelioma rarely live longer than 18 months after diagnosis. It is often difficult to diagnose and treat due to some of its shared symptoms with lung cancer and its long latency period, usually taking decades to develop after initial exposure.

The study also found those with the lowest level of asbestos exposure were least likely to contract the deadly disease, which “might suggest dose-responsiveness between exposure and mesothelioma,” according to the study’s authors.

 

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