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What Kind of Cancers Can Asbestos Exposure Cause?

By Treven Pyles

Posted on September 28th, 2016

"If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you need to watch out for signs and symptoms of cancer. Around 20% of those who were exposed to asbestos will develop a related disease in the future and, in most cases, the disease will affect the lungs."

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in its review published in 2012 has revealed that exposure to asbestos can lead to deadly conditions such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening and several other types of cancers. The growth of abnormal cells usually occurs when healthy cells become damaged after being exposed to a carcinogen.

Eligible asbestos caused diseases. You have 3 years to file for a claim. Contact us right away.

Average cost of surgery

$15,000

Average cost of chemotherapy

$9,360

Asbestos Lung Cancer Early Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
Our Clients With Lung Cancer

Average cost of surgery

$37,450

Average cost of chemotherapy

$30,592

Peural mesothelioma symptoms

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Fever

Pericardial mesothelioma symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

Peritoneal mesothelioma symptoms

  • Fluid buildup in the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain

Testicular mesothelioma symptoms

  • Pain and/or swelling of the testicles
  • Hydrocele
Our Clients With Mesothelioma

Average cost of surgery

$42,450

Asbestos Early Symptoms

  • Chest pains
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Persistent dry coughing
  • Finger clubbing
Our Clients With Asbestosis

Average cost of surgery

$30,138

Average cost of chemotherapy

$25,000

Esophageal Cancer Early Symptoms

  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Weight loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Cough
Our Clients With Esophageal Cancer

Average cost of radiation therapy

$11,100

Average cost of chemotherapy

$12,000

Throat Cancer Early Symptoms

  • A lump in the neck
  • Pain or difficulty while swallowing
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Ear pain
  • A sore throat that does not resolve
  • Wheezing and persistent cough
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Nasal congestion and bleeding
  • Facial pain
  • Tinnitus and hearing changes
Our Clients With Throat Cancer

Average cost of surgery

$31,865

Average cost of chemotherapy

$42,450

Gastrointestinal Cancer Early Symptoms

  • Abdominal discomfort/pain
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
Our Clients With Gastrointestinal Cancer

Average cost of surgery

$31,738

Average cost of chemotherapy

$45,997

Colon Cancer Early Symptoms

  • Change in bowel habits
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Pain
Our Clients With Colon Cancer

Average cost of surgery

$22,435

Pulmonary Fibrosis Early Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry cough
  • Shallow breathing
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Joints and muscle pain
  • Clubbing
Our Clients With Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pleural plaques do not require treatment.

Pleural Plaques Early Symptoms

  • Pleural plaques rarely cause perceivable symptoms. However, some people may experience shortness of breath.
Our Clients With Pleural Plaques

Pleural thickening is irreversible, some treatment might consist in bronchodilators.

Diffuse Pleural Thickening Early Symptoms

  • chest tightness
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • a persistent cough
  • reduced movement of the chest wall
Our Clients With Diffuse Pleural Thickening

Average cost of treatment

$4,000

COPD Early Symptoms

  • wheezing
  • difficulty breathing
  • swollen feet, ankles or legs
  • tightness in the chest
  • unintentional weight loss
  • shortness of breath during physical activities
  • a productive cough
  • low muscle endurance
  • frequent respiratory infections
Our Clients With COPD

Average cost of surgery

$14,000

Average cost of chemotherapy

$8,900

Bronchial Cancer Early Symptoms

  • persistent cough
  • chest pain
  • spitting up blood while coughing
  • frequent lung infections (pneumonia)
Our Clients With Bronchial Cancer

Non-eligible asbestos caused diseases. Generally our clients get a secondary diagnosis with this diagnosis. Check with your doctor.

Bladder Cancer Early Symptoms

  • Hematuria
  • Dysuria
  • Weight loss
Our Clients With Bladder Cancer

Pleurisy Early Symptoms

  • shortness of breath
  • coughing
  • chest pain
  • difficulty breathing
  • chest tenderness
  • pain in the neck, shoulders or abdomen
Our Clients With Pleurisy

Lung Nodules Early Symptoms

  • In most cases, lung nodules do not produce any symptoms and are discovered incidentally during X-rays or CT scans.
Our Clients With Lung Nodules

Asthma Early Symptoms

  • Pain or pressure in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • A persistent cough
Our Clients With Asthma

Emphysema Early Symptoms

  • A persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Frequent upper respiratory tract infections
  • Feeling tired easily/lack of energy
Our Clients With Emphysema

Tuberculosis Early Symptoms

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • A persistent Cough, productive
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
Our Clients With Tuberculosis

Chronic Bronchitis Early Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
Our Clients With Chronic Bronchitis

Pleural Effusion Early Symptoms

  • sharp chest pain
  • a dry cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • hiccups
  • clubbed fingers
  • fatigue
  • chest tightness
Our Clients With Pleural Effusion

Pneumonitis Early Symptoms

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue
  • clubbed fingers
  • unintentional weight loss
  • difficulty breathing
  • a burning sensation in the chest
Our Clients With Pneumonitis

Histoplasmosis Early Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fever with chills
  • Dry cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
Our Clients With Histoplasmosis

Rounded atelectasis is not usually accompanied by perceivable symptoms. However, in severe cases, one or more of the following symptoms may occur:

  • difficulty breathing
  • wheezing
  • fever
  • coughing up blood
  • rapid breathing
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
Our Clients With Rounded Atelectasis

Mesothelioma is cancer that is exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos fibers. About 75% of mesothelioma cancers affect the lining of the lung (pleural mesothelioma), whereas 20% of mesotheliomas develop in the abdominal lining (peritoneal mesothelioma). Rarely, mesothelioma does occur in the lining of the heart and testes.

Although asbestos cancer most often refers to mesothelioma, other cancers are associated with prolonged asbestos exposure in a contaminated environment. A number of studies have shown a link between asbestos exposure and other types of cancer. Asbestos-related cancers are caused by the inhalation and/or ingestion of asbestos fibers that often get lodged in lung tissues. Over the years, these fibers get accumulated as our body will not be able to expel or dissolve the asbestos material. These fibers also migrate to other organs and tissues throughout the body. This is the reason why scientists began to study the connection between asbestos and other types of cancer.

Asbestos fibers are toxic and usually cause genetic changes in healthy cells leading to cancer. Cancer affects everyone differently, which means it may take a shorter time for some, and a longer time for others until mesothelioma appears.

"Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the US and the greatest health risk for American asbestos workers," according to OSHA. Studies have shown that asbestos kills twice as many people with lung cancer than mesothelioma. At least 4% of lung cancer cases are related to asbestos exposure. The risk of lung cancer is higher among smokers who have been additionally exposed to asbestos. Smoking and asbestos exposure drastically weaken the lungs and smokers with past exposure are more likely to develop lung cancer.

Other cancers that can develop after asbestos exposure include:

  • Esophageal cancer: Recently, a link between asbestos exposure and cancer of the esophagus has been suggested in addition to the other risk factors.
  • Colorectal cancer: Most studies have revealed a positive link between colon cancer and asbestos exposure, though the association between asbestos and rectal cancer is rare.
  • Pharyngeal cancer: Asbestos fibers when inhaled for a prolonged period of time can get accumulated in the pharynx leading to cancer.
  • Gastrointestinal cancer: It has been shown that the use of water contaminated by asbestos or crumbled asbestos-cement pipes could lead to gastrointestinal cancers.
  • Laryngeal cancer: Usually, laryngeal cancer is traced back to habits such as smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol, but, inhalation of asbestos fibers can also cause their accumulation on the voice box while on the way down to the lungs.
  • Leukemia: Though a few cases point towards a positive association between asbestos exposure and leukemia, the evidence is sparse related to their link.

Keeping an Eye Out for Symptoms

If you have a history of asbestos exposure, you should have regular health check-ups and watch out for symptoms of cancer. Around 20% of those who were exposed to asbestos will develop a related disease in the future and, in most cases, the disease will affect the lungs.

Here is a checklist of signs that are alarming and need your attention. Consult your health care provider if you come across such symptoms and have been exposed to some form of asbestos in the past.

Type of Cancer

Symptoms

Pleural mesothelioma
Pericardial mesothelioma
Lung cancer

  • Cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath

Peritoneal mesothelioma
Stomach cancer
Colon cancer

  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Digestion problems
  • Nausea
  • Variations in bowel habits

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