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Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer

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The widespread use of asbestos throughout the past century has led to millions of Americans inhaling the mineral’s deadly fibers. Besides mesothelioma, lung cancer is another serious illness that is often caused by asbestos exposure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die every year from lung cancer than any other form of cancer.

How Does Asbestos Cause Lung Cancer?

Over the years, the asbestos fibers that are caught in your lungs can cause enough irritation and cellular damage to create a cancerous tumor. Lung cancer tends to form when larger (5mm) fibers are lodged in the lung tissue. In contrast, mesothelioma typically forms when smaller (3mm) asbestos fibers are lodged in the lining of your lungs.

If you smoke, you increase your risk of developing asbestos-related lung cancer. The National Cancer Institute warns that combining asbestos exposure with a smoking habit produces a dangerous synergy that can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer – even more than the individual risks from asbestos and smoking combined. 

Almost all lung cancer patients with asbestos exposure also have a strong smoking history.

Types of Asbestos Lung Cancer

Asbestos can contribute to two main types of lung cancer:

  • Small cell lung cancer – This is the most deadly form of lung cancer, although it only comprises around 20% of all cases. Small cell lung cancer is named for the tiny cells (sometimes called “oat” cells) that quickly spread across the lung tissue.
  • Non-small cell lung cancer – Technically, there are three types of non-small lung cancer: adenocarcinoma cells located in the outer lung area; squamous cell carcinomas located in the center of the lung; and large cell carcinomas.

The development of asbestos lung cancer can take a long time. Doctors believe that at least 10 years need to have passed from the time of asbestos exposure to the manifestation of a tumor. Typically, lung cancer has the highest risk of developing 30–35 years after exposure, when the asbestos fibers have caused enough inflammation, irritation, and genetic damage to form a tumor.

If you have further questions about asbestos-related lung cancer, please contact mesothelioma lawyers Heard Robins Cloud & Black LLP today or call (800) 499-1797 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Texas asbestos lawyers. We prosecute asbestos cases nationwide. 

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