A group of researchers from New York claim that it may be possible to detect the presence of mesothelioma in the body sooner by using an electrochemical process to find a certain protein – a protein otherwise known as HAPLN1. Researchers focused on this particular protein because it is known to be found in high levels in malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Initially, the researchers tested their electrochemical process by using a cow protein called Bovine serum albumin (BSA), but after this method was optimized they moved on to testing HAPLN1. Ultimately, the researchers discovered that their detection method “demonstrated high sensitivity” by identifying the mesothelioma protein biomarker HAPLN1.
Interestingly, researchers noted that this process not only utilizes inexpensive components and is as easy to use as a pH test, but the process has a response time of a mere 2 to 5 minutes.
It is hoped that this process may be able to help to diagnose mesothelioma sooner than current methods – and the sooner it is diagnosed the better the chances for victims to fight this deadly disease.
Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of mesothelioma and is believed to be caused by asbestos exposure. Specifically, when a victim breathes in asbestos fibers they can become lodged in the lining of the lungs, which can lead to inflammation and eventually cancer. Tragically, once the cancerous mesothelioma tumors develop, they have been known to spread rapidly to other parts of the body, such as the stomach and heart.
Unfortunately, asbestos was commonly used in a variety of circumstances in years past – meaning countless victims may have been exposed to the hazardous substance.
For instance, asbestos was frequently used in building materials such as insulation and floor and ceiling tiles. And even though asbestos is not used as much in construction anymore, a large percentage of older homes likely still have some form of asbestos-contained material located in the home.
It is important for homeowners to know that they should never disturb any material they suspect may contain asbestos. If they do, it is possible for the asbestos fibers to become airborne, thus making it easier for victims to inhale.
If homeowners believe asbestos may be present, it is always best to contact a professional in order to have the substance tested or removed. However, if you or a loved one has already developed mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, it may be advisable to speak with an experienced asbestos exposure attorney. A skilled attorney can assist you by outlining what your rights and options may be given your particular circumstances.