Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in both men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. It's estimated that 158,080 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2016 alone.
Many things influence the likelihood of a person developing lung cancer. During Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to challenge the common misconceptions. Our lung cancer lawyers have spent 30 years defending patients and families battling this illness. Below are a few things our lung cancer attorneys want you to be aware of.
IT’S NOT JUST A SMOKER’S DISEASE
Contrary to popular belief, most patients develop lung cancer from sources other than smoking. The face of lung cancer is rapidly changing. A recent study found that between 15-34% of lung cancer diagnoses are a direct result of smoking.
While decreasing the number of smokers in the U.S. would greatly benefit the health and wellbeing of our nation, other sources and causes of lung cancer need more recognition and understanding.
Asbestos and radon exposures are proven to cause various forms of lung cancer. Most people are exposed to asbestos by breathing it in on-the-job. In fact, the National Cancer Institute confirmed asbestos as a cause of lung cancer as early as the 1940s.
Especially in people who smoke, any exposure to asbestos increases the likelihood that you’ll develop lung cancer. You still have legal options. Contact us to find out if asbestos could have contributed to your cancer diagnosis.
HELP GETTING TO AND FROM TREATMENTS IS COMING
The ride-sharing company Lyft (similar to Uber) recently collaborated with Boston Cancer Support to provide free and reliable transportation to cancer patients in the Boston area.
For more information on this exciting and admirable service, click here.
If you don’t live in Boston, this transportation program will likely be near you soon. Lyft plans to expand this cancer support program to every city it’s currently operating in by 2020.
Cancer researchers are focusing on the immune system and human genome. The immune system fights off foreign invaders, like viruses and abnormal cells that cause cancerous tumors. Cancer is such a violent disease, that our natural immune system becomes overwhelmed and can’t fight the constant battle tumors require.
New drugs that harness the immune system to put up its best fight are showing promising results. Read more on new immunotherapy drugs for lung cancer here.
Other modern health technologies, spurred by the National Cancer Moonshot and Precision Medicine Initiatives, are getting a lot of attention and support. Modern health focuses on mobile and social technologies that create treatments for each patient’s own lifestyle, genes, environment and needs.
HOW WE HELP
We believe that establishing relationships between patients, doctors, and lawyers helps families grasp a better understanding of cancer and its causes.
The importance of understanding how you developed cancer, your medical and legal options, and how to overcome its hurdles are essential. Our clients express so much relief when they get credible explanations and solutions for their future.
We’re here to help you and your family answer these questions. If you or someone you love was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, contact our cancer attorneys at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-310-2222, or visit our webpage, here.
We represent clients in all 50 states and offer free consultations. Our services are free - we do not charge our clients until we win the settlement or verdict.