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Survival May Depend on Race, Study Finds

Survival May Depend on Race, Study Finds

Copyright (c) 2009 Katie Kelley

Researchers have found that disparities may exist between the survival of lung cancer patients between various races, particularly among African Americans who are at a greater risk of fatality following a lung cancer diagnosis compared to those of other races, according to a report from the University of Washington, Seattle researchers.

The study used informational data from 17,739 patients that were of the average age of 75 years old. The data was collected during the time period of 1992 to 2002. Of the patients, approximately 89 percent were of the Caucasian race while only 6 percent were African Americans. According to the research, “black patients recommended to surgery had lung resections less frequently than white patients.”

The report found that as long as African American patients received “recommended appropriate treatment” the disparities shrank considerably, however, that has not been the case thus far, according to a Science Daily news article. Scientists were only able to speculate as to why the disparities occurred between the two races, but reasoned the following differences may be occurring:

* patients may be less inclined to undergo surgery

* patients may be have limited access to appropriate care

* patients may be less likely to visit the physician

However, if these patients had received a proper adjustment or treatment, then “no significant association between race and death” would have occurred, according to the news article.

Lung Cancer Causes

While the Oncology Channel notes that tobacco smoke is responsible for “80 percent of lung cancer deaths in men and 75 percent of lung cancer deaths in women,” there are a significant number of other risk factors that can lead to an individual’s diagnosis of lung cancer. Several risks commonly associated with this include the following:

* secondhand smoke

* asbestos

* radon

* occupational exposures

* age

* race

* sex

* hereditary

It is imperative that in order for a lung cancer patient to receive the best appropriate method of treatment that he/she contact a medical professional at the first signs and symptoms of their potential condition. The following are reoccurring signs and symptoms among lung cancer victims, according to the Mayo Clinic:

* hoarseness

* wheezing

* chest pain

* coughing up blood

* development of chronic cough, also smoker’s cough

* new cough that does not go away

Defining Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a deadly form of lung cancer that is caused after the inhalation of asbestos fibers and dust particles has occurred. The New Zealand National Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee reported that individuals working in the construction industry, or a similar field, are at the most risk for developing mesothelioma cancer:

* asbestos workers

* auto mechanics

* miners

* millers

* machinery fitters

* boilermakers

* firemen

* waterside workers

* railway workers

* construction workers

Individuals who have worked in any of the above fields or a similar work environment are advised to seek medical attention if any of the above signs and symptoms develop. Additionally, it is important that an individuals suffering from mesothelioma cancer contact an environmental toxin attorney to learn about developing a mesothelioma lawsuit.

It is often necessary to create such litigation as a mesothelioma diagnosis is frequently delivered with expensive treatment options and a short life expectancy. By creating a mesothelioma lawsuit an individual is increasing their chance of receiving monetary compensation as an award for their debilitating condition.

Individuals can obtain more information on the mesothelioma risks by visiting or Here, readers can locate the latest on the peanut butter recall as well as how to garner legal advice from an automobile accident attorney.

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Study Finds Increased Mesothelioma Death Rates In A Group Of Shipyard Workers

Study Finds Increased Mesothelioma Death Rates In A Group Of Shipyard Workers

A recent study conducted on workers in a US Coast Guard shipyard has found a significantly greater mortality rate associated with lung cancer and mesothelioma compared to the general population. The study also found an increased general mortality rate.

The study followed 4702 (4413 men and 289 women) civilian workers who were employed at the shipyard between January 1950 and December 1964. The study then measured the number of deaths and their causes through 31 December 2001.

The study was conducted by S Krstev, P Stewart, J Rusiecki, A Blair and was published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The original study publication is available at

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that is usually associated with exposure to asbestos. The majority of individuals who are diagnosed with mesothelioma have a history of exposure to asbestos particles at work or home. Family members of workers have also been affected. Renovators of homes containing asbestos cement material are accounting for an increasing number of diagnosed sufferers. Symptoms of mesothelioma may not appear for decades after the exposure to asbestos. Symptoms include abdominal pain and weight loss. Diagnosis of mesothelioma can be difficult due to the fact that the symptoms are similar to other respiratory diseases.

Since mesothelioma is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma can be best be prevented by avoiding or limiting exposure to asbestos in homes, public buildings, and at work. Workers that may be at risk include miners, factory workers, insulation manufacturers, railroad workers, ship builders, contractors and construction workers, particularly those involved with insulation. If there is a possibility of exposure (such as when renovating old buildings) protective equipment should be used and safety procedures should be applied. Asbestos was commonly used in building materials due to its durability and fire-resistant properties. In addition to buildings, asbestos was used in the manufacture of cars and ships and many other products.

Sam Gurgis is a scientific writer and the webmaster at and

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