Lung cancer is another type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Unlike mesothelioma, which develops in the lining of the lung, lung cancer develops in the lung itself.
While the leading cause of lung cancer is smoking, exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of lung cancer for non-smokers and smokers alike. There is an increased likelihood of developing lung cancer when a person was a smoker and also was exposed to asbestos. This is known as a synergistic effect. There is evidence that smokers who were exposed to asbestos have a 50 to 90 times greater risk of developing lung cancer than non-smokers who never were exposed to asbestos. That said, even if you were a smoker, if you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and you were exposed to asbestos you may be entitled to compensation.
Lung cancer associated with exposure to asbestos is connected with approximately 6,000 deaths in the United States annually. Although the only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos, there are far more asbestos-related lung cancers than there are cases of mesothelioma. In fact, lung cancer is the leading cause of death for all asbestos-related diseases.