New study mesothelioma study reveals biomarkers – Mesothelioma News Flash

West Palm Beach, Florida ( – Health Report) – A new study has recently been completed by the Department of Molecular Pathology at the Polytechnic University of Marche in Ancona, Italy and could possibly lead to breakthroughs in mesothelioma cancer diagnosis. The study is entitled “Assessment of Biomarkers in Asbestos-Exposed Workers as Indicators of Cancer Risk” and was published this past June in an issue of Mutation Research.

The study focused on certain early biomarkers of mesothelioma. ‘A biomarker is a biochemically-expressed substance, such as a protein, that can be used to identify a cancer before its regular symptoms assert themselves.’ Researchers hope that these little indicators will soon prove to be extremely useful in detecting the first signs of the cancer caused by asbestos. The helpful biomarkers can clearly distinguish mesothelioma cells from normal cells, thus leading to faster, more conclusive diagnosis of the cancer. The study encompassed 119 participants, all of whom had been previously exposed to asbestos and sure enough, the individuals who had been exposed to higher levels of asbestos exhibited increased biomarkers. While the control group (those not exposed to asbestos, did not.) With this huge break-through, people who have definitely been exposed to asbestos materials could be monitored carefully and accurately, detecting the early biomarkers, which in the long run – leads to prolonged lifetimes.


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