Asbestos Now Leads Tobacco As Primary Lung Cancer Cause

by Terry Bryant

Most people assume that tobacco smoke is the primary cause of lung cancer, however, asbestos related lung cancer has become more prevalent in recent decades. In fact, roughly 4,800 people die each year as a direct result of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is fiber-shaped group of minerals that was once used in everything from building construction to household products. When disturbed and inhaled, it can become lodged in the lungs, eventually leading to tumors and disease.

Each year a person is exposed to asbestos causes a four percent increase in the risk of lung cancer, and a decrease in the chance of recovery. Unfortunately, it is known as a silent-killer because many who are affected don’t experience symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Individuals exposed to it in their home or community, and those who mine or mill, or work in another occupation where they are regularly exposed to it are at risk for this and other diseases.

While the EPA has implemented regulations for the public’s exposure to asbestos, and there are programs for the compensation of those affected, no legislature has been enacted to protect those who have been injured.  If you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos and has lung cancer, it may be a good idea to consult with an attorney to explore the options for restitution.