It is commonly known that exposure to asbestos can result in sufferers developing debilitating asbestos related conditions including, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening, mesothelioma and pleural plaques which cause a restrictive defect on lung function. Alarmingly, new evidence is being gathered which could show asbestos as playing a potential role in the development of kidney cancer.
Italian experts have recently publicised a case report of a sufferer who had been exposed to asbestos cement for 7 years before developing kidney cancer. His kidney was subsequently removed and twelve months following his initial diagnosis, he was also found to be suffering with asbestos related mesothelioma, a cancer almost exclusively related to the inhalation of asbestos fibres.
Asbestos has been widely used in various industries across the UK and the rest of the world for decades which resulted in thousands of people developing incurable asbestos related conditions, including the most aggressive condition, mesothelioma.
Whilst the morphological process by which asbestos can trigger the onset of mesothelioma is not yet fully understood, experts are aware that the harmful fibres remain in the body after they are ingested or inhaled, which leads to long-term irritation and inflammation at the cellular level.
Shockingly, the World Health Organisation has estimated that asbestos exposure has caused as many as half of all work-related cancer deaths.
A new case report from the Scientific Institute of Pavia has confirmed there could also be a connection between renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer and past asbestos exposure. The sufferer considered in the case study sadly passed away from the biphasic type of peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the lining of the abdomen, within just 2 months of being diagnosed with the incurable asbestos related cancer.
This led the experts to believe that his two cancers could well be related to one another. The lead author of the case study, Stefano Candura writes:-
“This is the second reported case of the association between renal cell carcinoma and peritoneal mesothelioma in the scientific literature. Asbestos might be involved in the causation of both malignancies.”
It is regrettable that to date, no cure has been found for debilitating asbestos related mesothelioma and it is widely accepted that research into treatments within the UK are largely underfunded.
The most effective way of protecting people against the development of such devastating asbestos related conditions is to ensure that those who may suffer exposure, are fully trained on the dangers of the material and wear personal protective equipment, including battery operated respirators.
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Source :- Candura, SM et al, “Renal cell carcinoma and malignant peritoneal mesothelioma after occupational asbestos exposure: case report”, 26th May 2016, La Medicina Del Lavoro