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Everyone knows that mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused from asbestos. It is the only cancer that is directly caused by asbestos. However, there are other types of cancer that can be the result of asbestos exposure. Below we will exposure to this mineral and lung cancer. Asbestos exposure is a main cause of cancer in a lot of older people. Asbestos-related lung cancer commonly starts in the bronchi. The bronchi divide into the trachea and windpipe. This specific illness slowly grows, meaning it could lie dormant for years. Once the cancer begins to grow, it does so at a fast pace.

Asbestos-related lung cancer doesn’t usually cause any symptoms in its early stages. If the lung cancer is found early through imaging or diagnostic tests, it can be treated successfully. However, the symptoms begin, the lung cancer is usually a stage IV meaning it has moved to other areas of the body. Once it has metastasized, it becomes harder to treat. Lung cancer is either classified as non-small cell and small cell lung cancer. Small cell lung cancer spreads quickly to other areas, whereas, non-small cell grows at a slower pace, making it easier to treat.  Some of the common symptoms of lung cancer include:

  • Trouble Breathing
  • Swelling
  • Chest Pains
  • Back Pain
  • Allergy Symptoms
  • Crackling Cough and Breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Persistent Coughing

If you have any of the above symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible. If you believe you were exposed to asbestos it is crucial to have your home checked and to tell your doctor. They will need to run certain tests to determine if you have asbestos-related illnesses. If it is determined that your home does contain asbestos, you will need to work closely with the asbestos abatement company to ensure removal is completed.

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