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WA Researchers Receive Federal Funding For Mesothelioma Testing

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WA mesothelioma researchers have recieved funding from the federal government.

University of Western Australia scientists have developed a project which aims to develop a blood test to detect mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleura and an asbestos-related disease, which is sometimes difficult to diagnose. Australia has one of the highest incidences of this cancer in the world – it is especially a problem in Western Australia, due to the asbestos production industry located there.

Western Australian Oncologists and researchers pioneered an effective chemotherapy for this disease and as a consequence, WA has the best treatment results for this condition in the world.

Researchers hope the test will make it easier to detect the cancer and allow earlier treatment.

UWA is one of five institutions in the state to share in $14 million funding.

(Source: ABC Online)

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Posted On: 30 October, 2002
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