After asbestos exposure, victims are at high risk for developing fatal asbestos-related diseases. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are two of the most well-known illnesses, but many victims of exposure are surprised to find out that they are at risk for lung cancer as well.
Asbestos lung cancer is more common in smokers who have been exposed to asbestos at some point in the past. A dose-response relationship exists for both the degree of asbestos exposure and the amount of cigarette smoking, meaning the more asbestos you have been exposed to asbestos and the more you smoke, the higher your risk for developing lung cancer.
Typically, asbestos lung cancer begins within the lining of the lung's bronchi, but it can begin or spread to other parts of the respiratory system, as well. Although it develops slowly, once it occurs, cancer cells can break away and spread to other parts of the body. During this process, little or no symptoms can be present, often making diagnosis difficult.
If you know you have been exposed to asbestos on the job or as an innocent bystander, make sure to alert your doctor to the possibility of an asbestos lung cancer diagnosis. Contact an experienced asbestos attorney today if you have been diagnosed with asbestos lung cancer. Victims have also been compensated for medical bills, pain and suffering, and more for their conditions.