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Mesothelioma and Other Lung Cancers

When a doctor diagnoses mesothelioma, it is important to determine that the disease is not another kind of cancer. Although lung cancer most often afflicts smokers, mesothelioma is almost exclusively associated with asbestos contact. If you have had exposure to asbestos, the legal and medical resources on this web site can help you. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis, but learning about other lung cancers can help you understand how mesothelioma is unique.

Around 90% of lung cancer patients were smokers for much of their lives. Smoking tobacco is strongly linked with the development of most kinds of lung cancer; increases in the numbers of smokers are correlated with increases in the occurrence of lung cancer. For people who smoke and have also had asbestos exposure, tobacco has been shown to have a synergistic effect with asbestos, leading to more serious cases of mesothelioma and more difficulty recovering.

In addition to carcinogens from tobacco smoke, lung cancer can also be caused by exposure to the radioactive gas radon. Certain types of mines are prone to the accumulation of radon gas. Some parts of the Midwest also have naturally-occurring radon. Because it is much heavier than air, radon tends to sink as low as possible, often accumulating in basements. Radon inhalation causes damage to one’s DNA and can encourage the development of lung cancers.

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If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there are options available to help people exposed to asbestos find restitution and recovery. This web site provides a number of resources to help you find legal and medical help with your illness. To learn more, contact us today.

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