World Lung Cancer Day 2023

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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. There are many trades where workers have a high risk of asbestos exposure. 

Since education is such a large part of World Lung Cancer Day, in 2023 the organizers of the day have 3 missions:

  1. Review and understand the risk factors for lung cancer. The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to understand the known causes and avoid behaviors such as smoking.
  2. Learn about available cancer screening options. Regular screenings can save lives by catching cancer in an earlier stage.
  3. Join the fight against lung cancer! Urge your politicians to continue funding lung cancer research, urge your loved ones to avoid risky behavior, and spread awareness for lung cancer.

The likelihood of developing lung cancer after asbestos exposure is increased in individuals who have smoked in their lifetime. 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. 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. 

Many individuals exposed to asbestos 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.