In the United States alone, more than 226,000 new cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed this year, according to the American Lung Association, accounting for approximately 15% of all new cancers. In addition, more than 160,000 people will die from lung cancer – more than from colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
Although smoking tobacco presents the biggest risk for lung cancer, asbestos exposure is also a major threat.
What is “Asbestos Lung Cancer”?
The term “asbestos lung cancer” actually refers to a group of cancers that form in the lungs. In two types of lung cancer, asbestos is considered a significant risk factor, if not the primary cause, of the disease.
- Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 85% to 90% of all lung cancers. Asbestos exposure in the workplace, along with other environmental factors, is a risk factor for NSCLC.
- Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) makes up the remaining 10% to 15% of lung cancers. As in non-small cell lung cancer, asbestos exposure is a significant risk factor. Apart from mesothelioma, most asbestos-related lung cancers belong to the SCLC category.
Asbestos Lung Cancer: Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a deadly cancer that is commonly confused with asbestos lung cancer. mesothelioma affects the pleural lining that surrounds the lungs in its most common form, pleural mesothelioma. Mesothelioma can also affect the abdomen, heart, and testes. The primary cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is extremely rare, with only 2,000 to 3,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the U.S.
Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos has a heightened risk for developing mesothelioma. But among smokers who have been exposed to asbestos, the lung cancer risk is even greater.
Asbestos Lung Cancer: At-Risk Occupations
Workplace exposure to asbestos and lung cancer risk goes hand-in-hand. Workers who have been involved in manufacturing, milling, mining, installing or handling asbestos products over long periods of time tend to develop asbestos lungcancers at an alarming rate. U.S. Navy veterans and shipyard workers, especially those who served during World War II, also fall into this high-risk group.
If you have lung cancer and asbestos exposure is the cause, you have the right to sue the asbestos companies or others responsible for your injury. To get the justice and compensation you deserve, call Sokolove Law at 1-888-360-4215 today.