Asbestos related lung cancer is a form of cancer in the lungs that is the result of exposure to asbestos.
When asbestos fibers are inhaled, deadly asbestos fibers enter the lungs.
Asbestos-related lung cancers are diagnosed more frequently than any other type of asbestos-connected disease.
The risk of lung cancer is greater among asbestos-exposed smokers. The combination of smoke and asbestos together drastically weakens the lungs and makes smokers with past asbestos exposure more likely to develop lung cancer.
This significantly contributes to the rate of asbestos-related lung cancer diagnoses.
Types of Asbestos Related Lung Cancer
Lung Cancer diagnoses typically fall into one of two categories: Small-Cell lung cancer orNon-Small Cell lung cancer
Non Small Cell lung cancer forms in lung tissues and make up 80% to 85% percent of cases. Small cell lung cancer is typically broken down into two major subtypes:Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Cell carcinoma.
Small cell lung cancer typically grows in the breathing tubes. Small cell cancer cases make up the remaining 15 percent of cases. Small cell is the more aggressive type that spreads quicker and responds less to treatment.
Symptoms of Asbestos Lung Cancer
Lung cancer has a "latency period" of at least 15 years, meaning the damage to your cells from asbestos exposure or smoking slowly develop for decades or more before the cancer is diagnosed or symptoms arise. Signs of lung cancer may not appear immediately. Most patients notice symptoms only after the cancer has progressed beyond the lungs. Because of this, symptoms are not limited to the lungs and chest. Common symptoms include: bone pain, chest pain, coughing up blood, fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, and weight loss.