Do You Or A Loved One Suffer From Asbestos Lung Cancer?
Asbestos is a potent carcinogen that can cause all types of lung cancer. Like Mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer can develop decades after the victim’s last exposure to asbestos. Many workers who were exposed to asbestos also smoked cigarettes. This combination of smoking and asbestos exposure greatly increases the risk of contracting lung cancer. A worker exposed to asbestos who also smoked is still entitled to seek compensation for his or her asbestos-related lung cancer.
Government Recognizes The Link Between Asbestos And Lung Cancer
Government agencies recognized the direct link between asbestos and lung cancer years ago, and have banned many uses of asbestos. However, you can still find asbestos in automotive products and materials used in home building and construction, as well as in older buildings and water pipes. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has estimated that more than a million employees in construction and other trades continue to face significant asbestos exposure on the job.
Lung Cancer Advances Without Warning
One reason lung cancer is so deadly is that it is hard to detect in its early stages. There may be no symptoms at first.
Unfortunately, by the time someone has developed symptoms, the cancer may have reached advanced stages. In fact, most cases of lung cancer in asbestos workers can be traced back 15 years or more to their initial exposure.
Possible Signs Of Lung Cancer
There are no typical physical symptoms apparent in people who have lung cancer. Eventually, the typical physical symptoms of asbestos lung cancer may appear and include:
New, chronic cough
Changes in a chronic cough
Coughing up blood
Shortness of breath
Unexpected and unusual weight loss
Repeated bouts of pneumonia or bronchitis
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, it is important that you take action immediately. The lawyers at McDermott & Hickey, LLC, have decades of experience representing asbestos lung cancer victims. We can help you face the challenges ahead.