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Non-Lung Asbestos Related Cancers

It has long been known that asbestos exposure can lead to certain types of cancers of the lungs, most commonly mesothelioma. In the 1970s, the US government first recognized that there was a connection between lung cancer and asbestos, and in 1989 products containing asbestos were outlawed. But recent studies have suggested that there is a connection between asbestos exposure and a number of non-lung cancers.

Asbestos related cancers often do not show up for many years or even decades. The extended period of time between asbestos exposure and the formation of cancer has made testing for asbestos related illnesses difficult. As time goes by, more and more people develop cancer every day, despite the amount of time that has elapsed since asbestos was banned. This might explain why scientists are only now discovering the connection between asbestos and non-lung cancers.

Types of Asbestos Related Cancers

The National Cancer Institute states that, other than lung cancer, asbestos exposure can greatly increase one’s risk of developing cancers of the:

  • Throat
  • Esophagus
  • Gallbladder cancer

Asbestos exposure has also been linked to:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphomas

The most recently announced new cancer connection came in March of 2009 and states that enough evidence exists to confirm that asbestos exposure can directly cause ovarian cancer.

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