Thousands of Australians who have come into contact with asbestos over the past 40 years are now beginning to experience the significant health effects as a result.
Diseases such as asbestosis and Mesothelioma take many years to develop after exposure and highlight the need for regular medical checkups and tests. However, researchers in Japan may have created a new blood test for early diagnosis.
Early diagnosis is critical in these types of cases and this new blood test could lead to earlier cancer treatments and should improve chances of survival. Long term survival for patients depends on patients being proactive about getting looked at by medical professionals and remaining vigilant for changes in their health.
While it is still very early in its development, researchers are reporting their test was 95 per cent accurate in identifying the disease and 76 per cent accurate in dismissing the presence of Mesothelioma. It is interesting to note that these figures are dramatically higher than other known blood tests.
How does the test work?
According to researchers, the test involves a protein biomarker called N-ERC/mesothelin as well as newly developed enzyme-linked system for detection. For patients with asbestosis or Mesothelioma, the biomarker is overly expressed and reveals the presence of the disease.
Published in the June issue of Cancer Medicine, lead author Tadashi Sato of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Juntendo University School of Medicine in Tokyo explained the success of early testing.
“The present study demonstrates that this newly established system for N-ERC/mesothelin improved sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of pleural Mesothelioma,” he said.
“We believe that this blood biomarker is an ideal tool for the early diagnosis.”
More testing is required before the blood test becomes widespread about the world, but suggests that in the future, there will be an accurate method to diagnosing abestos-related diseases.
Asbestos compensation claims in NSW
Under New South Wales law, you are entitled to claim compensation on many dust-related conditions including asbestosis and Mesothelioma. It is irrelevant whether you are a member of the public or a worker on a construction site.
For more information, get in touch with the compensation lawyers at Gerard Malouf Partners today.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances for success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it’s completely up to you whether you engage their services.