Understanding Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that affects the lining surrounding internal organs in the body. There are three types of mesothelioma. The most common, accounting for about 70% of cases, is pleural mesothelioma that affects the lining surrounding the lungs and internal chest cavity. Mesothelioma can also affect the… Continue reading Understanding Mesothelioma

Cancer Clusters

When beginning to learn about cancer clusters it is important to know the facts about cancer itself.  Cancer is the growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body and if left untreated it can often result in death.  There are more than 100 types of the disease and it can attack any part of… Continue reading Cancer Clusters

Asbestos Toxicology

There is some understanding of the etioloy, but the basis for mesothelioma formation is unknown. Asbestos is inert in natural rock form. For it to be hazardous, it must be turned into fine flakes of dust that can be inhaled. So there is a risk in mining, milling, and abatement activities with friability. Respirators make… Continue reading Asbestos Toxicology

Statistics

In the United States occupational lung disease is the number one cause of on-the-job illness. This disease tops the list both in frequency and severity yet is, in almost every case, preventable. Over 20 percent of men worldwide have been exposed to some type of dangerous occupational irritant that may cause cancer and 5 to… Continue reading Statistics

Summary of Cancer Clusters

Cancer clusters are not common in the United States and determining the existence of such a cluster is extremely difficult. The vast array of cancers coupled with the large quantity of new cases, make cancer a very common disease. The significance of cancer clusters should not be dismissed however there are very few proven cases… Continue reading Summary of Cancer Clusters

Cancer Cluster Reporting

Each year approximately 1,000 cases of possible cancer clusters are reported.  Of these cases only 5% to 15% are investigated after the initial report.  The bulk of the cases are clearly not cancer clusters and researchers can eliminate the possibility with just a bit of research. Out of the 5% to 15% of cases that… Continue reading Cancer Cluster Reporting

Cases of Cancer Clusters

A well-known cancer cluster was discovered in the 1960s and continues to be studied today. The use of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, was prevalent in factories, shipyards and building products throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Many individuals who were exposed to asbestos on the job developed a disease known as mesothelioma. Many individuals also… Continue reading Cases of Cancer Clusters

Heredity and Environment in Relationship to Cancer Clusters

Heredity and environment are the main contributing factors to the development of cancer. Epidemiologists focus on these two areas when studying cancer clusters. Behavior and lifestyle also contribute to cancer risks so they are also included when studying environment. To establish a connection between an environmental risk factor and a genetic predisposition is difficult. Scientists… Continue reading Heredity and Environment in Relationship to Cancer Clusters

Epidemiology and Cancer Clusters

Epidemiology is the study of the factors that cause illnesses and disease with in a population. This field of study is critical in the prevention and spread of communicable and non-communicable disease. Epidemiology is used to identify disease from the outbreak through diagnosis and treatment. Epidemiolgists, those scientists who study the causes of disease, utilize… Continue reading Epidemiology and Cancer Clusters