Hope for asbestos sufferers in old diabetes drug

A team of West Australian researchers are hopeful an old drug used to treat diabetes could prevent asbestos-related cancer for tens of thousands of asbestos-exposed Australians.

Researchers from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Curtin University and University of Western Australia followed about 4,500 asbestos-exposed participants and found those taking metformin had a lower risk of developing mesothelioma or lung cancer.

The study found metformin appeared to slow the growth of some tumour cells.

WA Asbestos Review Program clinical lead Professor Fraser Brims said the early signs were promising.

Read more on this story at: https://thewest.com.au/news/regional/hope-for-asbestos-sufferers-in-old-diabetes-drug-ng-b881150215z

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