Indiana Asbestos Attorney
Lung cancer stemming from asbestos exposure is a rare occurrence, causing
an estimated 4,800 deaths per year. Similar to mesothelioma, also caused
by exposure to asbestos, this type of lung cancer is generally diagnosed
at a late stage due to the time it takes for one to develop symptoms.
What Causes Asbestos Lung Cancer?
Starting in the late 1800’s, companies and manufacturers in North
America began using a naturally occurring, fire resistant mineral called
asbestos in their products. However, after completing scientific studies,
researchers determined asbestos is a dangerous product with the potential
to make those who inhale it very ill. Asbestos is now banned in many countries,
including Australia, Hong Kong, and Japan; however, asbestos continues
to be used in construction throughout the United States, though now the
use of it is highly regulated.
Asbestos related lung cancer is caused when an individual inhales the thin,
microscopic fibers of this dangerous mineral. The fibers become trapped
in the lungs, and, over a long period of time, causes inflammation, scarring,
and the potential development of lung cancer or other asbestos related
diseases. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), there is a clear correlation between asbestos exposure and the
risk of lung cancer, which increases as much as 4% with every year of exposure.
It can sometimes take decades before the inhaled asbestos fibers cause
enough cellular damage to generate tumor formation. Essentially, this
means one may be exposed to asbestos and not become sick for 10 or more years.
Who is Most at Risk?
Workers in certain trades, usually industrial, have a higher risk of developing
lung cancer due to asbestos exposure than people in other trades. Shipyards
are particularly dangerous because asbestos was used often in the construction
of the ships, and workers were not given protective gear to protect themselves
from exposure. Other occupations in which asbestos dust could be present include:
- Auto Mechanics
- Textile Workers
- Construction Workers
- Insulation Installers
Veterans are another high-risk group due to consistent, decades long asbestos
exposure. Military ships, submarines, planes, tanks, and barracks were
all built with asbestos parts and products.
Prognosis and Survival
Depending on several factors, including type and subtype of the disease
and the stage at which the patient is diagnosed, the survival rate can
differ among individuals. There are two main types of asbestos related
lung cancer: small cell and non-small cell. The median survival rate for
small cell lung cancer is 16 to 22 months, with combination chemotherapy.
This form of asbestos lung cancer is rare though, only accounting for
20% of all cases. Non-small cell lung cancer has a much higher survival
rate, allowing some patients to live five or more years.
Indiana Asbestos Lawyer
At George & Farinas, we have decades of experience and a proven track
record of helping injured victims and their families obtain compensation
for their pain, suffering, and losses, whether they were directly exposed
on a job site, in the military, or from a family member who regularly
worked with asbestos products.
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