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Asbestos Related Lung Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute, individuals who have experienced long-term exposure to asbestos also have a dramatically higher risk of contracting lung cancer later in life.  Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and claims more liver per year than colon, prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers combined.  Asbestos has long been classified as a human carcinogen, and a direct link has been established between exposure to asbestos and the subsequent development of lung cancer.

As with other respiratory illnesses, general symptoms can include a chronic cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, wheezing, weight loss, bone pain, and headache.  Diagnosis will include medical imaging and tissue sampling.  Treatment for lung cancer can include chemotherapy, radiation, targeted drug therapy, surgery, and complete lung transplant. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and were exposed to asbestos, asbestos may be the cause of the lung cancer.  If you have questions and would like to speak to experienced personal injury lawyers, call Hill Law Firm today for a free consultation.