Asbestos Exposure and Laryngeal Cancer
Before asbestos was classified as a human carcinogen, it was widely used for a variety of purposes. Prior to the ban in the 1980s, asbestos could be found in everything from wall insulation to auto parts to concrete pipes for water mains. However, studies found that asbestos exposure could lead to the development of cancer, and many medical studies continue to look at this relationship even now. Recently, the Institute of Medicine found a link between asbestos exposure and laryngeal cancer.
What is Laryngeal Cancer?
The larynx is basically your voice box, consisting of your vocal cords as well as the area around them. This is one of the main parts of your throat. Laryngeal cancer occurs when this area develops cancerous, mutated cells and tissues that can develop into tumors. Symptoms of this disease include:
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Abnormal lump in your neck or throat
- Long-lasting cough
- Hoarseness of voice
Laryngeal Cancer from Asbestos Exposure
As asbestos ages, its fibers can become airborne. You can then inhale the asbestos fibers, which can cause serious damage to your body.
Most cancers associated with asbestos exposure affect your lungs, such as lung cancer and pleural mesothelioma. However, when you inhale asbestos-contaminated air, the air also passes through your throat and past your larynx. If airborne asbestos fibers become lodged in your larynx, you can later develop cancer in this area.
Laryngeal cancer and other disorders caused by asbestos can be devastating and even deadly. If you suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos and need more information regarding its health complications, please fill out the contact form located at the top of this page today.