Weitz & Luxenberg explains the relationship between lung nodules and asbestos
Does asbestos cause lung nodules?
Not directly. The development of lung nodules, “small masses of tissue in the lung” (Mayo Clinic) that can be malignant or benign depending on their size, is often linked to lung cancer. One of the leading causes of lung cancer, after smoking, is asbestos exposure.
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“Asbestos was classified as a human carcinogen by the US. Department of Health and Human Services, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) many years ago.” (NCI) Unfortunately, this classification did not greatly deter the use of asbestos in multiple industries. In addition to lung cancer, asbestos can also cause asbestosis, a chronic respiratory disorder and mesothelioma, perhaps the deadliest cancer known to man.
Lung nodules, lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis are all linked to scarred lungs. Lung damage occurred when you unknowingly inhaled asbestos fibers, which cut into your lung tissue. Over time, the scarring spreads and compromises breathing. Asbestos fibers have a long latency period, and as they continued to cut into your lung, you found that even the least physically demanding activities required an unnatural amount of effort.
What makes lung nodules so difficult to treat?
Without a formal diagnosis, no ailment can be properly treated. A diagnosis cannot be determined without symptoms and lung nodules do not appear to have any symptoms. The nodules often grow unhindered and undetected by CT Scans, X-Rays and other diagnostics for a long time. By the time a lung nodule is detected, it has already grown to “1 cm in diameter,” (Mayo Clinic) which is the minimal size it must be before “they can be detected by a CT Scan.” (Mayo Clinic) The larger a lung nodule is, the more formidable it is. A lung nodule that is “25 mm in size or larger is most likely to be cancerous.” (Mayo Clinic)
Is there a specific age group that is more prone to getting lung nodules?
Unfortunately, as we age, we become more vulnerable to illness. Please view the statistics below, provided by E Medicine Health:
- “35-39 years: 3% risk of lung nodule malignancy
- 40-49 years: 15% risk of lung nodule malignancy
- 50-59 years: 43% risk of lung nodule malignancy
- 60+: 50% or higher risk of lung nodule malignancy
What legal options are available?
Weitz & Luxenberg understands the gravity of the asbestos problem and we want to be able to work with you to seek justice and secure the compensation you deserve. It is unfortunate that even though the dangers of asbestos have been known in the United States since at least the Industrial Revolution, it continued to be used in multiple industries. Such carelessness should not be ignored.
Our firm has a team of skilled attorneys with a wealth of knowledge concerning asbestos-related diseases and ailments such as lung nodules. To get started, simply fill out the form on this page. A representative from our firm will review your case and get in touch with shortly you for your free legal consultation.
National Cancer Institute (NCI): www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/asbestos
Mayo Clinic: www.mayoclinic.com/health/lung-nodules/AN01082