Everyone knows that both asbestos and smoking cause lung cancer. When, however, a history of cigarette smoking is combined with a history of occupational exposure to asbestos, a person is at a much higher risk for developing lung cancer than if he or she was only exposed to asbestos or only smoked cigarettes.
The most common asbestos cancers are found in present or ex-smokers who have occupational exposure to asbestos.
X-ray is often first indication, pathology from biopsy, or operation, generally required for confirmation of disease.
If a person has a lung condition which shows significant exposure to asbestos, e.g. asbestosis or pleural mesothelioma, certain other cancers may also be related to asbestos exposure. For example: colon cancer, larynx cancer, esophagus cancer and pharynx cancer.
Don't Lose Your Rights!
It is very easy to lose your rights completely. Each state has its own deadlines, called statutes of limitation, for allowing victims of asbestos disease to file lawsuits. This means that there are strict deadlines for filing claims or lawsuits after becoming aware that you have an asbestos disease or after a loved one dies from an asbestos disease.