Asbestos related lung cancer, as the name suggests is cancer of the lung. Anyone who has been exposed to sufficient quantities of asbestos fibres is at risk of developing lung cancer. Asbestos related lung cancer is quite rare in people who worked with asbestos, or asbestos containing products (ACMs) and did not smoke. It is suggested that those who were exposed to asbestos fibres/dust and smoked are more prone to developing asbestos related lung cancer, than those who did not smoke. To relate asbestos related lung cancer to asbestos fibre exposure (in a legal sense), a person needs to have been exposed to significant quantities of asbestos fibres. Asbestos related lung cancer is generally diagnosed by way of biopsy.
Not everyone who has been exposed to asbestos, even if they smoked, will develop asbestos related lung cancer or another asbestos related disease (ARD).
Treatment for sufferers diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancer is essentially the same as for anyone else diagnosed with lung cancer. Options for treatment include chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
If you, or a loved one has been diagnosed
with an ASBESTOS RELATED DISEASE and you would like to talk to somebody who knows what it feels like to be in similar circumstances to what you are in, whether you are a sufferer or carer, please phone the Foundation’s 24/7 Support Helpline.
Note: The Bernie Banton Foundation is not accredited to provide advice. The information and/or advice provided is for assistance only. The advice of a qualified specialist, should always be sought before making legal or medical decisions.