The three major diseases that can be caused by exposure to asbestos are lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Whenever you breathe in asbestos fibers, a few of those fibers can end up in your lungs, and over time, develop into an asbestos-related disease.
It was in 1935 that medical researchers first found a relationship between asbestos exposure and lung cancer. It wasn’t until seven years later that the National Cancer Institute confirmed that asbestos could cause lung cancer.
Facts About Lung Cancer
Some facts that many people don’t know about lung cancer include:
- Asbestos-related lung cancer can take between 15-35 years after you’ve been exposed to develop.
- There are two primary forms: small cell and non-small cell
- Your prognosis and treatment depend on the stage and type of cancer you have.
In 1986, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration stated that lung cancer is the highest risk for people who work with or around asbestos.
What are Lung Cancer Symptoms?
Whether asbestos-related or not, lung cancer has typically the same general symptoms:
- A persistent cough
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Wheezing or hoarseness
- Loss of appetite and fatigue
- Face and neck swelling
- Chronic respiratory infections
Many of these symptoms only arise once the cancer is in a late stage of development. It’s rare to be diagnosed at an early stage unless you are screened regularly. If you have a history of being exposed to asbestos, you should have regular screenings for asbestos-related diseases.
Imaging scans such as X-rays and CT scans along with pathology are an important part of the diagnostic process.
What Treatment is there for Lung Cancer?
The procedures for lung cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy. There are also some experimental treatments that may be available through clinical trials. Your treatment plan is designed around the stage of lung cancer you are in and the histological type of cancer. Your health overall may play a role in what treatment you receive for your asbestos-related lung cancer.
Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer Lawsuits
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure, contact Stephanie Lyons for a free attorney consultation. Let her guide you through the process of seeking financial compensation for your asbestos-related injury. Call today to schedule your free consultation with an attorney at 618-274-2284 or toll-free at 1-844-307-7349