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It has been reported that a published study has stated that the risk of contracting malignant peritoneal mesothelioma remains high, even after decades have passed since the asbestos exposure has ended.
The latest study concentrated on peritoneal mesothelioma, which is a specific type of mesothelioma affecting the linings of the organs in the abdomen.
It is reported that although it is well known that asbestos is the main cause of mesothelioma affecting the lining of the lungs, a team in Italy conducted new research and showed that few studies have previously been able to identify the risk of peritoneal mesothelioma in the decades after asbestos exposure has ended.
The study was conducted by scientists at a number of Italian Universities. They reportedly used a subject group of former textile workers who were heavily exposed to asbestos in the past. The research found that the workers were 29% more likely to die of peritoneal mesothelioma then the general public, and had a 33% higher then average risk of dying from pleural mesothelioma.
An important finding of the study was that the risk of contracting either pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma did not decline over time and after the exposure to asbestos had ended.
It is reported that the mesothelioma risk remains high among workers, even many decades after the exposure to asbestos has ended, because the asbestos fibres are bio-persistent. There size and shape makes it very difficult for the body to remove the fibres. It is also believed that certain generic factors can increase the risk of developing mesothelioma.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “the results of this study appear to indicate that the risk for contracting mesothelioma does not appear to decrease, even if a number of decades have passed since the exposure to asbestos occurred. Unfortunately we continue to see many incidences of people diagnosed with mesothelioma today, even though their exposure to asbestos happened many decades ago”.
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