If You Have Peritoneal Mesothelioma, Under 40 Female, Your Chances of Survival Are Higher

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered that there are some distinct differences in mesothelioma among patients who are under the age of 40, which could provide some insight into better understanding of this complex disease.  In many cases, malignant mesothelioma is diagnosed in older patients who have been exposed to asbestos decades earlier in an occupational setting. However, researchers have recently isolated a smaller, younger group of patients and found some startling trends. Patients survived much longer, had a higher incidence of peritoneal mesothelioma and were more than likely female. 
These findings were in stark contrast to typical mesothelioma patients.

“We were surprised, really surprised at some of the things we found,” NIH Medical Oncology Branch researcher Vinay Prasad, M.D., told Asbestos.com. “You have to look at this group in a different light.”
The research team used the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program database from 1999 to 2010. SEER is a National Cancer Institute program.
The study, published in Oncotarget in June, included 12,345 mesothelioma patients. Two percent of those were under the age of 40 when first diagnosed.

Source: Asbestos.com

Source: Mesothelioma Patients Under Age 40 Display Unique Traits

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