Oxford University improves asbestos cancer tests

A team of scientists at Oxford University announce the development of a better diagnostic test for asbestos related mesothelioma lung cancer. The asbestos testing study was recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

New York mesothelioma cancer injury news-Oxford University researchers develop better testing for fatal cancer related to asbestos exposure.

New York, NY–Mesothelioma lung cancer experts in the United Kingdom are hopeful with the development of a more rapid test for the diagnosis of asbestos exposure related cancer. As reported by BBC news on Monday, a team of scientists at Oxford University http://www.ox.ac.uk/ the oldest University in the English-speaking world located in Oxford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, claim they have developed a more sensitive test for diagnosing asbestos related mesothelioma cancer.

Mesothelioma is a fatal cancer with no known cure. It is typically caused by primary and/or secondary exposure to asbestos fibers. Mesothelioma lung cancer presents on the lung surface and does not respond to chemotherapy. Mesothelioma cancer is a disease found in workers, residents, and consumers who have inhaled aerated asbestos laden dust fibers. Mesothelioma usually takes decades to develop after the initial exposure and is found in workers in various industries including; factories, mining, construction, Naval, shipyards, and other fields. Once the lung cancer has developed, the life expectancy is twelve months or less with medical experts focusing on symptom management since there is no known cure.

Currently, retired workers, laborers, residents, and consumers who present with respiratory symptoms have to go through a series of tests, some quite invasive, before a confirmed diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer can be determined by doctors and surgeons. Suffering patients are unable to file a claim with worker’s compensation until the diagnosis is confirmed. With a life expectancy of less than 12 months once a person is afflicted with the fatal disease, the quicker a patient suffering with respiratory symptoms, related to mesothelioma lung cancer is diagnosed, the better quality of life they may have in their final days.

New York mesothelioma cancer injury information by Heather L. Ryan legal news reporter.

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