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Treatment and Survival Disparities Between Men and Women with Mesothelioma, Reports Study From the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

It’s been known for some time that malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) affects men in far greater numbers than women. The most commonly-cited reason for this is a higher probability of asbestos exposure in traditional male occupations.

Now, a recent study by the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (JNCCN)  included records of 18,799 patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma treated between 2004 and 2013. Of those, 78% were male and 22% were female. Females were found to have presented with mesothelioma symptoms at a younger age and with fewer comorbidities.

The study demonstrated that surgery and chemotherapy are disproportionately underutilized in female patients with MPM. Despite this concerning disparity, female sex is independently associated with improved Overall Survival relative to males, even when adjusting for potential confounders.

Read the study here.

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