It has been reported that scientists in the UK have developed a new more sensitive test for the asbestos cancer called mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer that stems from long term asbestos exposure, and can be very difficult to diagnose. Victims usually have a very short life expectancy following the manifestation of mesothelioma symptoms.

The test was developed by a research team at Oxford University, and was welcomed by a lung expert in the UK. The research has been linked to levels of protein that are linked to the cancer in the fluid around the lungs. The tests could potentially make diagnosis of the cancer easier for medical professionals according to those involved.

One of the research team said: “This study suggests a way for clinicians to more readily identify cases of malignant mesothelioma from the start.” She also said: “Because mesothelioma has a median survival time of 12 months, minimising the number of invasive procedures and tests patients require is crucial to reduce morbidity and the time they need to spend in hospital.”

She added: “An earlier mesothelioma diagnosis also allows speedier interventions to relieve symptoms as well as initiation of other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy if appropriate. Claims for worker’s compensation may also be instigated once the diagnosis is confirmed.”

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