Evidence suggests that a very small portion of lung cancer cases in the United States, approximately eight percent result from familial risk for lung cancer. Most lung cancer cases result from smoking or breathing in harmful substances such as radon gas and asbestos but the leading cause of lung cancer may be genetic or hereditary.
Signs of Lung Cancer, Whether It Is Genetic or Hereditary
If you have not received a diagnosis of lung cancer but are experiencing health effects related to breathing, you may gain insight from knowing the full range of potential lung cancer indicators. The primary symptoms of lung cancer, whether it is genetic or hereditary, include:
- Bone pain
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Unexplained weight loss
- Persistent headaches
- A persistent cough
One or more of these symptoms could indicate the presence of lung cancer, whether it is genetic or hereditary, but these are not the only symptoms to consider. If you are experiencing trouble breathing, contact your healthcare provider right away for a thorough checkup.
Non-Smokers May Receive Lung Cancer Diagnoses
Despite efforts to avoid developing lung cancer, factors out of your control often dictate otherwise. You may avoid smoking your entire life and still develop the illness. Exposure to two naturally occurring carcinogens, radon gas, and asbestos fibers, can cause lung cancer in non-smokers.
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The Unexpected Prevalence of Asbestos
Asbestos, a fibrous mineral that occurs in rocks, naturally resists fire and corrosion. For this reason, many manufacturing companies used asbestos in building materials. Though many European nations banned it because of its proven carcinogenic qualities, some places in America still use it.
Breathing asbestos fibers causes serious lung conditions such as lung cancer, which may be genetic or hereditary, including:
- Mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer directly caused by breathing asbestos
- Forms of lung cancer aside from mesothelioma
Some of the locations in a home or other structure that may contain asbestos include:
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Insulation, which may sit inside walls, attics, and around heat-emitting devices
- Certain roofing materials, including some shingles
- Pipes, which are often surrounded by insulation
- Certain textured paints
This means that certain groups may interact more frequently with asbestos-containing materials, putting them at a greater risk of developing asbestos-induced lung cancer. These groups include:
- Those who work near insulation
- Construction workers
- Demolition crews
Lethal Dangers of Undetected Radon Gas
Radon gas accounts for lung cancer deaths every year in the United States. Because radon gas has no smell or color, it can build up to dangerous levels inside your home (referred to as residential radon) without tipping off those who are breathing it. Landlords, municipalities, employers, and building managers should conduct regular radon gas tests.
If another party failed to take steps to protect you from radon gas exposure, you may be able to hold them liable for your lung cancer.
Call Us if You Believe Radon Gas or Asbestos Caused Your Cancer
Non-smokers at a loss for how they developed lung cancer without a genetic or hereditary connection should consider radon gas and asbestos as possible causes. A lawyer may help you pin down the most likely cause of exposure and may assist you by:
- Starting your case swiftly to abide by relevant statutes of limitation
- Collecting relevant evidence of exposure
- Working with your attending medical professional to help calculate compensation
- Handling all legal responsibilities necessary
- Protecting your rights throughout the legal process
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Possible Awards in an Asbestos or Radon Exposure Case
Each case is different, but potential awards in your case may cover:
- The cost of cancer treatment
- The cost of tests required to diagnose your cancer
- Diminished earning capacity or lost wages caused by your cancer
- The cost of transportation to medical appointments
- Pain and suffering caused by your cancer, which may be substantial
- Punitive damages levied against the defendant
You could be entitled to additional awards, as the circumstances of each case differ involving genetic or hereditary lung cancer.
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We aim to ensure that you do not fall victim to any further harm following your exposure. We do not shy away from tough cases, and our clients pay nothing upfront and nothing out of pocket. We only collect a fee if we secure a judgment or settlement on your behalf.
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