Tag Archives: asbestos exposure

Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis at Increased Risk of Lung Cancer

Reuters Health Report

Recently researchers found a link between the risk of lung cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

The article reported that the risk of lung cancer is increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, even after taking into account the effects of tobacco and asbestos exposure, according to a case-control study in US military veterans.

Using a Veterans Health Administration database, Dr. Ritu Khurana, at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, and fellow researchers obtained medical records for approximately 480,000 patients treated between 1998 and 2004, including 7280 diagnosed with lung cancer and 8678 diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

The incidence of rheumatoid arthritis was 3.4% among lung cancer patients and 1.8% among controls, the investigators report in the Journal of Rheumatology for September.

After controlling for age, gender, tobacco and asbestos exposure, patients with rheumatoid arthritis were at significantly greater risk for lung cancer (adjusted odds ratio, 1.43).

The association grew stronger with age, Dr. Khurana’s group reports.

The authors note that a recent concern over the potential risks associated with anti-TNF therapy were not relevant to this population during a period when such therapy was not widely available.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Link to Lung CancerIn a related editorial, Dr. Henrik Kallberg, of Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, makes the point that “it is not clear…whether the increased risk of developing cancer is due to coexisting risk factors such as smoking, to rheumatoid arthritis disease itself, to rheumatoid arthritis treatment, or simply to earlier detection of cancer because of intense medical surveillance.”

Source: J Rheumatol 2008;35:1695-1696,1704-1708.

Asbestos News (Mesothelioma)

Hello, My name is Chris Loman and I have been volunteering for the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center for about a year now.

We are a website focused on a rare and extremely deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

A person who has been diagnosed has anywhere from a few hours to about 6 months to live.

We know that mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure, and we have now been made aware that there is a relation between mesothelioma and cigarette smoking.

Last March I received an email from a woman in S.C. who seemed upset in her email. She let us know that her husband had recently been diagnosed and died, but it wasn’t from the occupational hazards of a jobsite.

Incorrectly, our site listed asbestos exposure or second hand asbestos exposure as solely coming from work-related conditions. The woman who emailed us pointed out that the cause of her husband’s mesothelioma was from smoking.

To better explain her story, she sent us information demonstrating that in the mid-1950s, cigarette companies utilized a filter that contained asbestos.

Her husband’s habit of smoking Kent cigarettes nearly doubled his chances of developing a lung related illness. Thousands of others have died because of their lack of knowledge with this exposure.

kent.jpgAdditionally, she pointed out (which our research supports) that there is an increased likelihood of complications with mesothelioma if you were a smoker.

This means that if people were exposed to asbestos earlier on in life, they are increasing their chances of further lung complications by continuing to smoke.

My goal in emailing you is twofold. Much like we at MAA were educated on this subject, we’d like to make this information available to the readers of your site. Additionally, a link from your site will bring attention to our site and allow people to learn about this rare cancer.

We feel a link to us would be a great enhancement to your already useful and trusted resource. I would like to thank you in advance, and at the very least, hope that I’ve brought this rare cancer to your attention.

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center