A recent study has shown that screening processes can prove effective when used on those that have previously worked with asbestos, as this sort of process can help to identify early and late stage lung cancer as well as late stage mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer linked directly to asbestos exposure.

Officials have said that diagnosis can be aided with former asbestos workers through the use of computerised tomography scans. The claims were made in a study that was recently published in the May Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

Over recent years researchers and scientists have been looking for more effective treatments for mesothelioma, for which there is currently no cure, but have also been looking at more effective methods of diagnosing this type of cancer, as it can be very difficult to diagnose.

Screening is not yet routinely done on mesothelioma patients, but researchers say that more effective procedures need to be looked into. One official said: “There are currently no methods for the early detection of mesothelioma available. This is why we are doing the research.”

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