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Lung Cancer

As you know, lung cancer is a debilitating disease that can devastate families. There is no known cure. This web site is dedicated to providing you with the lung cancer causes, lung cancer types, and lung cancer facts.

One of the well-publicized causes of lung cancer is smoking cigarettes. Smoking is widely considered the #1 lung cancer risk factor.

Many smokers believe that smoking was their cause of lung cancer. There are a number of lung cancer causes, including exposure while on the job. If you an industrial worker, your lung cancer reasons may have been misdiagnosed.

Another cause of lung cancer is asbestos. Asbestos is a special fiber that was used widely in almost every industry, including ceiling and floor tiles, fireproofing equipment and home equipment.

Asbestos and its exposure have been among the leading lung cancer causes. In addition to the lung cancer risk factors, asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma lung cancer, asbestos cancer and asbestosis.

Lung cancer is also caused by exposure to coal dust. Exposure to coal dust can cause some coal mine workers to develop pneumoconiosis, or "black lung." This occurs when inhaled coal dust becomes imbedded in the lungs, causing them to harden and making breathing difficult.

It is estimated that this disease affects 2.8 percent of coal miners. About 0.2 percent of coal workers have scarring on the lungs, the most severe form of the disease. Each year, close to 400 people die from black lung disease. The International Association of Firefighters believes that firefighters face an increased risk of developing acute lung disease during the course of firefighting work. It is believed that one of the causes of lung disease in firefighters is exposure to asbestos.

Lung cancer usually does not cause symptoms in its early stages. Some of the symptoms of lung cancer include chronic cough, wheezing, hoarseness, weight loss or loss of appetite, shortness of breath, chest pain, fever, and persistent cases of bronchitis or pneumonia. When symptoms occur, the cancer is often advanced.

The symptoms of lung cancer are common to other lung diseases, however. Therefore, a doctor performs a series of tests to determine the cause of the symptoms.

Many people diagnosed with lung cancer have found that their lung cancer type, whether it’s asbestosis, mesothelioma or large cell lung cancer, may have been caused by outside factors, such as occupational exposure to asbestos. If you or your family has been affected by asbestos, you may have a potential asbestos case. Contact the lawyers at Brent Coon & Associates.

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