August 1st – World Lung Cancer Day

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August 1st is recognized globally as World Lung Cancer Day. The day is centered around urging the public to learn about the risk factors for the disease and highlighting the importance of early detection through regular lung cancer screenings. While lung cancer has many risk factors, asbestos exposure is one potential cause of the disease. Learn more about the risks of trades exposed to asbestos.

The likelihood of developing lung cancer after asbestos exposure is increased in individuals who have smoked in their lifetime. While a person can develop lung cancer following asbestos exposure, even if that person has no other risk factors, asbestos exposure in conjunction with cigarette smoking can increase the risk of lung cancer exponentially. Studies have shown that individuals who both smoked and have been exposed to asbestos are 50-90 times more likely to develop lung cancer than a person who neither smoked nor was exposed to asbestos.

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A smoker who was exposed to asbestos is five times more likely to develop lung cancer than a smoker who was not exposed to asbestos. Cigarette smokers who have been exposed to asbestos and develop lung cancer are still entitled to compensation for their damages.

Roughly a quarter of all lung cancer victims don’t show symptoms before they are diagnosed. This is why regular lung screenings can be beneficial in detecting cancer early. If you are at risk of developing an asbestos-related lung cancer, you should look for the following symptoms:

  • Chest pains
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • A hoarse voice
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bronchitis

Learn more about asbestos-related lung cancer.

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Many individuals were exposed to asbestos that are diagnosed with Asbestosis (a non-malignant scarring of the lungs) every year in Michigan. What you might not know is that if you received a settlement for asbestosis, and years or decades later, you receive a diagnosis of Primary Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma, you or your family will be eligible to file a second disease case in the state of Michigan. Remember as to Lung Cancer, even if you are or were a heavy smoker and you develop Lung Cancer, Serling & Abramson, P.C. can assist you with a second case provided you were exposed to asbestos for an extended period.  If you believe you or a loved one are eligible for compensation, fill out a free case evaluation.