New medical research suggests that a vital property contained in red wine, which has long been known to provide natural protection against heart disease and certain types of cancers, may also be active in helping suppress the growth of mesothelioma tumours and increase cancer cell death.

Increasing asbestos awareness to improve early recognition of the first signs of asbestosis symptoms has been crucial over recent years in the attempt to catch mesothelioma and other asbestosis disease early enough to step up patient survival rates.

The long gestation period of between 15 to 50 years from first asbestos exposure and the inhaling of fibre dust often means that the cancer would have progressed to an advanced stage when finally diagnosed. The survival rates are generally between 4 to 12 months although the latest research into genetic / cellular behaviour and drug therapy combinations in developing more effective asbestosis treatments have been known to extend life for up to two years or more.

A combination of surgical procedures, chemotherapy and immunotherapy have been the most frequent approach. In addition, the sustained application of palliative treatments involving key dietary changes, which adopt a vegetarian diet and nutritional supplements can be significant in both improving and extending quality of life.

Recent laboratory studies of a type of phenol, a natural compound derived from the skin of red grapes, which were conducted in Korea found that at a certain dosage level, interaction appeared to suppress some of the protein cells contained in mesothelioma cells. Further experiments with lab mice over a four week period resulted in suppressing the growth of tumours while also showing an increase in cancer cell death.

The regular drinking of a small measure of red wine has been observed to provide cardiovascular protection, most notably in Mediterranean countries. While the ongoing research into mesothelioma cancer cell suppression is still in its earliest days, it is vitally important to always seek medical advice with respect to any treatments and especially in the management of mesothelioma.

Between 2006 and 2008, the number of mesothelioma fatalities in the UK reached just over 66 per million people and doubling to over 1,160 in just three years by 2010. Every year, there are now around 2,000 diagnosed cases recorded.