With over 220,000 new cases every year, lung cancer is the second-most common cancer in the United States, and the leading cause of cancer deaths yearly. However, asbestos is considered responsible for a small portion of all lung cancer cases. Contact our attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 if you believe that your lung cancer diagnosis was due to exposure to asbestos. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you do not pay unless we win.
Exposure to Asbestos and Lung Cancer
When microscopic fibers of asbestos are inhaled and settle into the lungs or the lining of the lungs, abdomen, heart, or testes, they can lay dormant for decades. The fibers can cause scarring and inflammation in these areas of the body. After decades, the process begins to create a cellular response that is cancerous.
One of the largest questions that scientists had was how these asbestos fibers, cause asbestos-related lung cancer. Theoretically, a dead cell should not be able to grow anything. However, research determined that when asbestos actually kills a cell in the lung, a very specific process occurs.
The process is known as programmed cell necrosis. It occurs when the dead cell releases a very specific protein molecule called high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1). The release of this protein molecule starts a unique inflammatory reaction that can start the growth of cancerous cells, which then form cancerous tumors. Interestingly, scientists discovered that people exposed to asbestos in their lifetime had higher levels of this protein in their serum.
Lung Cancer Asbestos Symptoms
You have a risk of developing lung cancer if you worked around asbestos or asbestos-related products. Smoking increases the risk of developing asbestos lung cancer. The most common symptoms of asbestos lung cancer are shortness of breath, unexplained wheezing, coughing up blood, hoarseness, cough, swallowing problems, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue. If you experience these symptoms, contact a medical professional as soon as possible.
Always let your doctor know that you have a history of asbestos exposure so that they can consider that as they determine what tests to give you. Your doctor may want to do a lung biopsy or other tests to determine if there are any fibers of asbestos in your lungs. If you have a history of exposure, consider getting tested or examined yearly for asbestos lung cancer. The sooner it is discovered, the better treatment options are available.
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Treatments for Asbestos-Caused Lung Cancer
Asbestos lung cancer treatments can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted drug therapies, immunotherapy, and possible clinical trials.
Contact an Asbestos Lawyer
Many companies knew that their products had a known carcinogen and failed to warn their workers or the public. These companies should be held responsible for the injuries they have caused to the people who received a diagnosis of asbestos lung cancer or mesothelioma cancer.
If your doctor diagnosed you with asbestos lung cancer, you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, future treatments, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our asbestos lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. We can set up a free consultation to discuss your legal options regarding your asbestos lung cancer diagnosis.