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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, claiming more lives each year than breast, ovarian, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Similar to mesothelioma, many types of lung cancer can be caused by asbestos exposure. While approximately 90 percent of lung cancer cases are the result of smoking, smokers who have been exposed to asbestos are at least 50 times more likely to develop lung cancer.
Lung cancer cases drastically outnumber mesothelioma diagnosis by 73 to 1. Each year, 220,000 Americans contract lung cancer. Mesothelioma is much rarer with an average of 3,000 cases yearly. The relation to asbestos also differs. About 80 percent of lung cancer tumors result from carcinogens like tobacco smoke, heavy metals and various pollutants. Asbestos exposure is directly responsible for 20 percent of lung cancers tumors.
Most lung cancer victims first suspect trouble when unusual symptoms arise. Lung cancer tumors slowly build and then rapidly escalate. Symptoms present as a shortage of breath, lack of oxygen, fatigue and chest discomfort. Continual coughing and excessive phlegm are also red flags of tumors.
The best lung cancer detection is knowing the risks of developing lung cancer after prolonged asbestos exposure. Patients with a history of asbestos exposure should discuss this with their doctor and have precautionary detection tests. Chest X-rays and blood work are excellent ways to detect asbestos-caused scars about to turn tumorous.
If you have Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma, you may be entitled to significant compensation. There is over $30 billion available in legal trusts for people who have developed Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. Many tradeworkers and veterans were exposed in the line of duty; it's important to file a claim as soon as possible while the compensation lasts.
If you or a loved one were exposed to Asbestos and were later diagnosed with:
You may be entitled to significant compensation from the manufacturer.
There are time deadlines to file a claim so don’t wait – act now.
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