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August 1, 2017: World Lung Cancer Day

Lung Cancer.jpgAt Brayton Purcell LLP, we fight for compensation for victims who have developed injuries and diseases from asbestos exposure. The recognition this week of World Lung Cancer Day brings the opportunity to revisit the topic of asbestos-connected lung cancer from which our clients may suffer.

Through this day of recognition, the American College of Chest Physicians or CHEST along with the Forum of International Respiratory Societies or FIRS honor, remember and support everyone impacted by lung cancer. This would include of course people who develop lung cancer from asbestos exposure and their loved ones, who may act as caregivers and will grieve while watching their loved ones suffer the terrible symptoms of this disease that can lead to death.

Lung cancer facts

According to the World Lung Cancer Day fact sheet:

  • Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the world, resulting in 20 percent of all cancer deaths.
  • The "highest incidence" of lung cancer occurs in Europe and North America.
  • Treatment of lung cancer as early as possible is optimal, so anyone who has had asbestos exposure at any time in his or her life should watch for symptoms like worsening, long-term cough, especially with bloody phlegm; unexplained weight loss; difficulty taking deep breaths; hoarse voice; and chest pain.

In addition to the link between asbestos exposure and lung cancer, other factors that can raise the risk include age and smoking.

Smoking and asbestos: a dangerous combination

A well known phenomenon is the particularly dangerous combination of asbestos and smoking. As explained by the National Cancer Institute, "Smokers who are also exposed to asbestos have a risk of developing lung cancer that is greater than the individual risks from asbestos and smoking added together."

It is important that anyone who has been exposed to asbestos at any time during his or her life make every effort to stop smoking because of this heightened risk of lung cancer. In addition, he or she should discuss with a physician what symptoms to watch for that could indicate the potential for developing lung cancer or other asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis.

If you or a loved one has developed an asbestos-related disease, talk to an attorney about your potential legal remedies for this injury.

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