Mesothelioma Prevention and Screening
Cancer screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are best.
Unfortunately, screening tests don’t help improve mesothelioma outcomes. However, MD Anderson is working to develop screening tests for people at risk. These include blood tests that measure osteopontin (a protein found in bone) and SMRP (serum mesothelin-related peptide).
Mesothelioma Risk Factors
Anything that increases your chance of getting mesothelioma is a risk factor. The only known risk factor for mesothelioma is contact with asbestos. It is more common in men, mainly those between 45 and 85 years old.
Not everyone with risk factors gets mesothelioma. However, if you have been exposed to asbestos, it’s a good idea to tell your doctor.
The best way to prevent mesothelioma is to avoid being near asbestos. If you have been exposed to asbestos, watch for symptoms and speak to your doctor.
Research shows that many cancers can be prevented. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.
Why Choose MD Anderson?
- Leading-edge mesothelioma treatments, including targeted therapies
- Latest, least-invasive mesothelioma surgery techniques
- Advanced radiotherapy methods, including intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT)
- One of nation’s largest mesothelioma programs
- Clinical trials of new therapies, many not available elsewhere