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The Risk of Smoking Coupled with Asbestos Exposure

Smoking in itself can lead to a number of possible diseases and cancers including emphysema, lung cancer, throat cancer, and tongue cancer. The connection between asbestos exposure and cancers and diseases of the lung such as mesothelioma and asbestosis has been common knowledge since the 1970’s.

Unfortunately, many people who were exposed to asbestos through work or by living in an infected building, while aware of the potential risk of developing cancer, do not know that the risk is greatly increased when combined with smoking.

In fact, there is evidence that suggests that an asbestos-exposed worker can decrease their chances of developing lunge cancer by as much as 50% over the next five years by quitting smoking. It is vital that anyone who has significant asbestos-exposure quit smoking as soon as possible. The combination of asbestos exposure and smoking can be a death sentence.

Why Does Smoking Make Asbestos-Exposure Riskier?

Smoking significantly weakens the lungs. While the lungs might have normally been able to fight off the effects of asbestos-exposure on their own, the addition of smoking can make it near to impossible. Smoking and asbestos-exposure have what is called a “synergistic effect” on cancer development.

It is important that anyone who was exposed to asbestos is aware of this deadly combination. Anyone who knows others that have had asbestos exposure and smoke should make them aware of the very serious risk they are taking.

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