Mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer are not the same disease as asbestosis. Please contact us immediately if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer even if you have previously been diagnosed with asbestosis.
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is lung cancer the same as asbestosis?
Lung cancer is NOT the same disease as asbestosis. Lung cancer can be caused by exposure to asbestos as well as many other things, such as smoking. Although asbestos related lung cancer is rare, it is estimated that more than half of all occupational related cancers are caused by asbestos. Smoking can also increase your chances of developing asbestos related lung cancer.
Asbestos related lung cancer is similar to mesothelioma in that both diseases are cancers. Asbestos related lung cancer develops inside the lungs themselves, whereas mesothelioma is a cancer that occurs in different parts of the body, and most commonly in the lining of the tissue that surrounds the internal organs.
how does this happen?
When asbestos is broken up, such as during the mining process or when removing asbestos insulation, dust may be created. If the dust is inhaled or swallowed, the asbestos fibers will settle in the lungs or in the stomach, where they can cause irritation that may lead to asbestos related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Exactly how this happens isn't understood.
It can take decades between asbestos exposure and the onset of asbestos related lung cancer.
what can I do now?
The link between asbestos and lung cancer has been well known for decades. Many corporations that manufactured or handled asbestos-related products filed bankruptcy. The bankruptcy courts forced these corporations to set up trust funds, where money could be set aside for present and future claims of persons who developed injuries or died because of asbestos exposure.
Because many asbestos companies went bankrupt, trust funds have been established for victims of asbestos-related diseases.
Even though the cancer causing properties of asbestos were well-known, many corporations failed to warn employees and their families of the danger of working with asbestos.
Nothing can ever replace your loss but filing a claim can provide financial compensation to those affected by the negligence of others.
the time to act is now
Personal injury, products liability, and wrongful death claims all operate under very specific statutes of limitations that will bar your claim forever unless you act within the time allowed.
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Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer can take away the best years of your life.