The chances you can beat stage 3 lung cancer rests on the individual circumstances of your case, including what substage the cancer is in, the type of cancer, and how well it is responding to treatment.
Substages of Stage 3 Lung Cancer
The three substages of lung cancer include:
- Stage 3A, where the cancer affects one side of the body
- Stage 3B, where the cancer has spread to both sides of the body
- Stage 3C, where the cancer has metastasized throughout the chest
The five-year survival rate of a stage 3 patient with non-small cell lung cancer (the most common form of lung cancer) is 35%, according to the American Cancer Society. However, a patient in the same stage with small cell lung cancer has a five-year survival rate of 16%.
The substage of your lung cancer will go a long way in determining your chances of remission and recovery.
Be Aware of Lung Cancer Symptoms
Lung cancer is devastating because symptoms often only appear once the disease has spread to other parts of the body. For this reason, lung cancer is especially deadly. It is critical that you know the possible signs of lung cancer and seek medical attention if one or more of these signs arise.
Possible symptoms of lung cancer can include:
- Unexplained weight loss
- A persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Bone pain
- Coughing up blood
- Chest pain
- Persistent headaches
These symptoms can appear with other illnesses, including the common cold or bronchitis, so it can be difficult to determine if you may have lung cancer.
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Causes of Lung Cancer
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and is linked to about 80% to 90% of all related fatalities.
Asbestos Is Another Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers
Asbestos and radon exposure are closely connected to the development of lung cancer as well. According to PBS, as many as 30 million homes in America still contain asbestos-laden materials, reports PBS. This statistic is surprising considering that breathing asbestos fibers is known to cause serious conditions including:
- Mesothelioma, a form of cancer that affects the chest cavity
- Cancers of the lungs, ovaries, rectum, and larynx
Some of the locations within buildings where you are most likely to find asbestos include:
- In certain roofing materials including shingles
- In vinyl flooring
- In heat-resistant fabrics
- In insulation, which may be in walls, attics, around pipes, and around heat-emitting appliances such as furnaces and stoves
- In certain textured paints
Those who work in demolition or construction are at a heightened risk of breathing in these cancer-causing fibers. Yet anybody who spends substantial time in a structure containing asbestos could be at risk of developing lung cancer.
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Radon Gas Can Cause Lung Cancer
Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is a clear, odorless gas that occurs when uranium breaks down in soil or rock. When radon deposits are present in or near indoor spaces, carcinogenic levels of radon can amass. Breathing in radon over a significant period can cause lung cancer.
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If you have a lung cancer diagnosis, exposure to either asbestos or radon gas could have caused your condition. If somebody acted negligently and exposed you to either of these substances, then a lawyer can help you pursue compensation to cover the cost of your expenses.
Our legal services may include:
- Initiating legal action so that your case falls within the statute of limitations’ guidelines
- Handling all legal responsibilities required to complete your case
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process
- Collecting evidence to support your condition
- Examining your medical records and work history for additional information
Our team at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm does not shy away from tough cases. We understand that a cancer diagnosis will affect every aspect of your life. You should not be responsible for footing the bills for your expenses while another party is at fault for your condition. We work on contingency, meaning you pay nothing out of pocket, and we only collect a fee if we secure payment for you. For more information about what we can do for you, call (800) 217-6099.
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