Recently, another disease has been added to those with a possible connection to asbestos. As stated in an article (February 28, 2013) from Asbestos.com, the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialty Medicine at the University of Bologna has observed a link between asbestos exposure and cholangiocarcinoma, a form of bile duct cancer. Medical surveys conducted by the research team found that 24 out of 258 patients they treated for cholangiocarcinoma had sustained occupational or household exposure to asbestos and ten of these patients did not have any other known risk factors for the disease.
Since the research team published these findings in 2009, they have been conducting a case-control study to test if asbestos might be a risk factor for cholangiocarcinoma. Their results have been published in the February 2013 issue of Cancer Causes and Control and in fact, those results indicate an increased risk for the disease among patients with past exposure to asbestos.
The team has now developed a new research program to study the potential association between asbestos and cholangiocarcinoma to further investigate the occupational and environmental causes of the cancer. Meanwhile, anyone who has past exposure to asbestos may want to be tested for early signs of the disease, as well as other cancers associated with asbestos.
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