Men and women who have worked around asbestos have long feared their risk of malignant mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious illnesses, and with good cause. There has been irrefutable evidence that the material that was used so extensively in industrial and construction settings is a dangerous carcinogen. Now a group of researchers from two esteemed universities in Bengbu, China have conducted a meta-analysis of previously conducted studies and found that exposure to asbestos also creates a higher risk of diagnosis with prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is a much more common illness than malignant mesothelioma: it is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in men in the United States, and a leading cause of death. According to a study published in the medical journal Medicineby researchers from the Department of Urology at the First Affiliated Hospital of Benbu Medical College and the Department of Immunology at the Bengu Medical College, exposure to asbestos in both the workplace and in the home gives rise to a greater risk of being diagnosed with the aggressive and often fatal illness.
The meta-analysis analyzed 17 different studies that had been conducted between 1988 and 2017 and which ranged in cohort size from 249 to 504,660. Some of these previous studies strictly included males while others included both male and female participants; the main industries that the participants worked in were mines, textile, cement, and other industries working in shipyards, refineries and petrochemical plants, and therefore exposed to asbestos. One study specifically looked at those who lived in residences that had been insulated with asbestos.
The study concluded that “exposure to asbestos is associated with an increased risk of Prostate Cancer, especially among cement workers, and crocidolite is more harmful to human beings. Also people living in houses insulated with asbestos are more likely to be suffering from Prostate Cancer. Constant efforts should be made to further clarify the association of asbestos exposure with Prostate Cancer.
In light of this study, people who have worked with asbestos in the past not only need to monitor their health for symptoms of malignant mesothelioma, but also of prostate cancer. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with one of these illnesses and you believe that it is a result of having been negligently exposed to the carcinogen asbestos, contact us today at1-800-966-2244to learn about your rights and your options.