In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure is known to cause other types of cancer. After mesothelioma, lung cancers are most often associated with asbestos exposure, because asbestos fibers attach to the lungs.
Not every instance of lung cancer is caused by asbestos exposure, but the attorneys at Martin & Jones will consult with medical experts to determine whether a particular case of lung cancer was caused or contributed to by exposure to asbestos.
Types Of Lung Cancer Associated With Asbestos Exposure
Asbestos exposure has been proven to cause the following types of lung cancer:
- Small cell — Small cell lung cancer is an aggressive, rapidly growing form of cancer commonly associated with smoking, but studies have shown that it can also be caused by asbestos exposure.
- Large cell — Large cell carcinoma of the lung is another rapidly growing form of cancer.
- Adenocarcinoma — Adenocarcinoma starts in mucus-producing cells in the lungs, which line the alveoli. It is the most common form of lung cancer.
- Squamous cell — Squamous cell cancer gets its name from where the cancer starts: in the squamous cells of the lung, which line the airway.
For workers who were exposed to asbestos, the risk of lung cancer increases with the number of asbestos fibers inhaled. The risk of lung cancer from exposure to asbestos is also greatly increased if the worker is or was a cigarette smoker.
At Martin & Jones, we are committed to obtaining compensation for people who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related lung cancer. Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in various types of claims, including workers' compensation claims and bankruptcy claims.
If you or a loved one worked around asbestos and has been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer or any other asbestos disease, please call our lawyers for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation.