ASBESTOS LUNG CANCER TYPES
Cigarette smoking does not cause asbestos-related lung cancer.
Learn more about asbestos lung cancer types and how cigarette smoking influences the disease.
TWO ASBESTOS LUNG CANCER TYPES
July 15, 2010 – The two most common lung cancer types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Asbestos exposure can be a factor in developing either one of these lung cancer types.
Despite the world’s two common lung cancer types, it is non-small cell lung cancer that accounts for 85 to 90 percent of all lung cancers. Non-small cell lung cancer can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and drug therapy.
Asbestos lung cancer types
Once a person has been exposed to asbestos, many factors influence their susceptibility for developing asbestos-related lung cancer.
The degree to which a person has been exposed to asbestos is one factor; the regularity of exposures is another.
Smoking influences risk
A person’s lifestyle also affects the chances of developing one of the two asbestos lung cancer types.
For example, cigarette smokers are at a greater risk for developing asbestos-related lung cancer prior to asbestos exposure because their respiratory system is already burdened with another condition. The combined effects of smoking and asbestos exposure multiply the risk.
Cigarette smoking alone does not cause asbestos-related lung cancer. Consequently, your smoking habit has little impact, if any, on an asbestos-injury lawsuit that seeks compensation for occupational asbestos exposure.
Lung cancer is a modern disease
One hundred years ago, lung cancer was a very rare disease. But today lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death, and is the second most common cancer among men and women. (Skin cancer is the most common cancer and rarely fatal.)
How did lung cancer go from a rare disease to one of the most prevalent and deadly? Quite simply, the answer is the introduction of manufactured cigarettes. Today, nearly 90 percent of nonasbestos-related lung cancer cases are caused by smoking.
Legal options for asbestos lung cancer
If you have been diagnosed with one of the asbestos-related lung cancer types and seek a legal review of your case, we advise and will arrange a free consultation with a Weitz & Luxenberg asbestos lawyer skilled in pressing asbestos claims for maximum client compensation.
For a free case review, please contact Weitz & Luxenberg via the communication form at left.
Please know, there are no legal expenses until we obtain a verdict or settlement in your favor.