Lung Cancer and Asbestos in Florida and the U.S.

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in Florida and the United States. The type of lung cancer associated with occupational exposure to asbestos is called non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which makes up between 85 and 90 percent of all lung cancer cases. Asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing the disease by as much as five times. 

NSCLC is divided into three major types:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma: About 25% to 30% of all lung cancers are this kind. They are linked to smoking and tend to be found in the middle of the lungs, near a bronchus.
  • Adenocarcinoma: This type accounts for about 40% of lung cancers. It is usually found in the outer part of the lung. This type of lung cancer occurs mainly in people who smoke (or have smoked), but it is also the most common type of lung cancer seen in non-smokers.
  • Large-cell (undifferentiated) carcinoma: About 10% to 15% of lung cancers are this type. It can start in any part of the lung and tends to grow and spread quickly, which makes it harder to treat.

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Smoking Is a Major Cause of NSCLC

Unlike mesothelioma, smoking is a significant cause of all other types of lung cancer, including NSCLC. In Florida and the U.S., smoking is the cause of 90 percent of lung cancer cases, while occupational exposure to carcinogens like asbestos accounts for 9 to 15 percent of cases.

Smoking and Asbestos Exposure

Smoking and asbestos have what is known as a synergistic relationship, meaning that the effect from both working together is greater than the sum of the two. Smokers who have been exposed to asbestos have an 80 to 90 percent greater chance of developing lung cancer than any other members of the population.

Symptoms of Lung Cancer

The following symptoms are associated with the disease:

  • Persistent cough
  • Chest pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Coughing up blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing

Treatment and Prognosis of Lung Cancer

If the lung cancer has been diagnosed as either solely in the lungs (not having spread) or at Stage I, surgery is usually recommended. The prognosis for these patients is better than for those whose disease is more advanced or has metastasized.

If the cancer is not detectable by radiogram, a type of x-ray created by using radiation, then the five year survival rate is between 24 and 26 percent. If the radiogram shows signs of abnormalities, then the five year survival rate drops to 12 percent. If the cancer is inoperable, the prognosis is poor, and the average survival rate is between 8 and 14 months.

Our Florida asbestos exposure lawyers will meet with you for a free consultation if you suspect that you or someone you care about has lung cancer that was exacerbated by asbestos exposure in the workplace.