Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is most commonly associated with cigarette smoking. However it can also be caused by breathing in asbestos dust and is quite a common complication of asbestosis.  The main causes of lung cancer are:

  • Smoking
  • Passive smoking
  • Radon exposure
  • Occupational exposure to asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, coal and coke fumes.

Lung Cancer from Asbestos exposure

Medical experts are now agreed that exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer subject to certain criteria being met.

Recent changes in the benefit system mean that you no longer have to have asbestosis to be able to claim benefits for lung cancer provided that certain other criteria are met. It is not impossible but still very difficult to obtain compensation through the courts for lung cancer if you are not suffering from asbestosis.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer can take around 20 – 40 years to develop from when the exposure to asbestos occurred. Smoking dramatically increases your chance of developing lung cancer if you have been exposed to asbestos. Statistically a cigarette smoker is 10 times more likely to develop lung cancer that a non smoker whereas a person working with asbestos is 5 times more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who has not been exposed to asbestos

However the combined effect is very significant in that a person who has been exposed to asbestos and also smokes is 50 times more likely to develop lung cancer than someone who does not smoke and has not had any exposure to asbestos.