As of now, the treatment of lung cancer typically includes some combination of the following therapies:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
Each case of lung cancer is unique, and there is no blanket answer for how you can fight lung cancer—your doctor will help you make that decision. If you or a loved one is diagnosed with lung cancer, it is worth considering how you developed the cancer, especially if you are a non-smoker.
Familiarize Yourself with the Symptoms of Lung Cancer
If you have been experiencing adverse health symptoms and are not sure of the cause, be aware of the symptoms of lung cancer. They may include:
- Chest pain
- Persistent coughing that does not go away
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent headaches
- Bone pain
Seek medical attention if you have experienced any of these symptoms, as lung cancer could be causing them. If you receive a diagnosis of lung cancer, know the leading causes of the illness in non-smokers.
Non-Smokers Also Get Lung Cancer
While smoking remains the leading cause of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you may be surprised to find that many non-smokers develop lung cancer as well. Often, we breathe in harmful, carcinogenic substances without knowing it. Two of the primary causes of lung cancer that often do damage without detection are radon gas and asbestos.
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Radon Gas Is an Odorless Carcinogen
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is a naturally occurring gas that uranium creates when it breaks down in soil or rock. While radon is considered virtually harmless when released outdoors, it can cause lung cancer when it builds up in indoor spaces occupied by humans.
Those responsible for a given building must conduct regular radon testing and removal or risk putting occupants of the building at risk. Some of the people that may be responsible for conducting such testing include:
- Building managers
If any of these, or another person responsible for conducting radon testing, failed to do so, then they may be responsible for the losses that have come from your lung cancer.
Asbestos Also Causes Lung Cancer
Despite certain laws banning asbestos in certain forms, it remains a common ingredient in certain building materials because of its resistance to fire and corrosion. Despite its utility, asbestos has also been proven to cause lung cancer when breathed at unsafe levels.
The three common lung illnesses associated with breathing asbestos are:
- Mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer for which the only known cause is breathing asbestos
- Forms of lung cancer aside from mesothelioma
An estimated 30 million homes in America alone contain some level of asbestos, according to PBS. The EPA reports that some possible locations within a home or another structure where asbestos may be found include:
- In insulation, which may be in walls, attics, and around heat-emitting devices
- In certain roofing materials, including some shingles
- In certain textured paints
- In insulation in walls, attics, and around heat-emitting appliances
- Around pipes, which are often surrounded by insulation
Because asbestos is used primarily in construction materials, certain segments of the population that develop lung cancer may suspect asbestos as the cause. These groups include:
- Construction workers and demolition crews
- Those who work near insulation, such as A/C repairmen and pest control specialists
Anybody who spends significant time in a structure where asbestos is present may be at risk of developing lung cancer. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with lung cancer and believe that radon or asbestos could be the cause, call a lawyer.
A Lawyer Can Assist Your Asbestos or Radon Exposure Claim
A lawyer can handle the legal pursuit of compensation while you focus on fighting cancer. Their main goal will be to prove negligence on the part of the defendant in your case. Beyond that, a lawyer will:
- Document your account of why you believe radon or asbestos caused your cancer
- Create your claim promptly, as a statute of limitations may limit your timeframe for taking legal action
- Interview any defendants in your case, if possible, to seek an admission of negligence
- Collect any available evidence of negligence
- Handle all legal responsibilities necessary to bring your case to a judgment or settlement
- Protect your rights throughout the legal process
If a jury finds in your favor or you reach a settlement, then you could collect compensation covering your losses.
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Possible Awards in Cases Like Yours
No two exposure cases are the same, but a broad summary of possible damages you may be entitled to could cover:
- Lost wages/diminished earning capacity
- Medical expenses related to your cancer
- Punitive damages against the defendant
- Your pain and suffering
The circumstances of your case may entitle you to additional damages not listed here.
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Our team does not shy away from tough cases, so call us today at (800) 217-6099 for a free consultation. Our clients pay nothing upfront or out of pocket, and we only collect a fee if we secure a judgment in your favor or through a settlement. Fighting lung cancer is hard enough on its own, let us fight your legal battle for you.