French Medical Study Suggests An Increased Risk Of Pleural Mesothelioma Associated With Pleural Plaques

On January 25, 2013 the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published online this article “Pleural Plaques and the Risk of Pleural Mesothelioma”, which reported on a recent French medical study concerning asbestos exposure and mesothelioma.

From the Abtsract for this new medical journal article:

Background  The association between pleural plaques and pleural mesothelioma remains controversial. The present study was designed to examine the association between pleural plaques on computed tomography (CT) scan and the risk of pleural mesothelioma in a follow-up study of asbestos-exposed workers….

Conclusion  The presence of pleural plaques may be an independent risk factor for pleural mesothelioma.

We will continue to monitor the medical literature for developments relevant to asbestos-mesothelioma cases.

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