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Asbestos Lung Cancer Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and Legal Help

Definition: Asbestos lung cancer is a rare form of cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

Causes: In some instances, lung cancer can develop due to exposure to asbestos.

Symptoms: Asbestos Lung Cancer shares many similar symptoms with pleural mesothelioma, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue.

Treatments: Treatment plans for asbestos lung cancer are varied and efficient, especially if the disease is diagnosed in an early stage.

Asbestos Lung Cancer and Smoking: Studies have shown that lung cancer linked to asbestos can develop in people who have never smoked.

Asbestos Lung Cancer Victims

There are over 200,000 people diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States every year. Only some of those are asbestos-related. It takes an experienced law firm with a broad knowledge of job sites, asbestos-containing products and the medicine of causation to establish the link to asbestos that may lead to a recovery for your family. Since 2007, Flint Law Firm has successfully represented thousands of people with their lung cancer claims.

Flint Law Firm is interested in reviewing your potential lung cancer diagnosis to see if it may be related to asbestos; you do not need to know the exact name of your diagnosis to give us a call, Toll-Free: (855) 883-6447

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Causes of Asbestos Lung Cancer

In addition to causing mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause lung cancer (lung carcinoma) and non-cancerous scarring of the lungs - called asbestosis. The two main types of asbestos-related lung cancer are Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) and Non-small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). There are various sub-types including adenocarcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, etc.

Asbestos Lung Cancer Symptoms

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Common Symptoms

Both asbestos lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma have similar symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue, weight loss, or in some cases coughing up blood. Just because you have one of these common and general symptoms does not necessarily mean you have lung cancer; however, you should continue to seek medical care, keep your regular appointments and checkups, and make sure your doctor knows that you have been exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos Lung Cancer Treatment

Asbestos lung cancer has several different possible treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy often offered in combination. The long-term prognosis for lung cancer is better when it is identified and treated early. Other factors for the outcome of treatment are the specific cell type and the age at diagnosis. Asbestos lung cancer is formally diagnosed by a needle biopsy of tissue and staining it for biochemical markers for particular types of cancer cells.

At Flint Law Firm we recognize that your treatment is the most important thing. Our attorneys and staff will work with you to accommodate any treatment or appointment schedule you need. We will do everything we can to make sure the claims process is as smooth as possible so you can focus on your recovery.

Asbestos Lung Cancer and Smoking

It is much easier to prove a lung cancer case is related to asbestos exposure if the person never smoked, or if they quit smoking more than 12 years prior to their diagnosis with lung cancer. Defendants use smoking history to try to avoid their responsibilities to keep workers and consumers safe from asbestos.

Asbestos Lung Cancer and Smoking

It is true that a substantial smoking history increases the odds of developing some types of lung cancer. However, the combination (synergistic effect) of cigarette-smoking and asbestos exposure dramatically increases the odds that asbestos lung cancer will develop. Cigarettes have additives, such as tar, that interfere with the lung's ability to get rid of asbestos dust. This results in an increase in the number of asbestos fibers permanently in the lungs (known as the fiber burden). The higher the fiber burden, the more chance that the lung tissue will sustain genetic damage. Finally, the more cells that have genetic damage, the higher the likelihood of developing lung cancer.

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