Asbestos Lung Cancer: Smokers are more likely to develop asbestos cancer due to impairment of the lungs.
The first relationship between asbestos exposure and lung cancer was discovered by researchers in 1935. A few years later it was confirmed that asbestos is indeed a cause of lung cancer.
The idea was subject to several more researches all of which concluded with the same result. Consequently in 1986, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared that people who worked with asbestos were greatly exposed to the hazard of lung cancer. We discuss here the signs and symptoms of asbestos lung cancer.
Asbestos lung cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage because its period of latent is short and symptoms are visible only after a long period.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is mined by manufactures and companies since the 1800s. Currently, it is a highly regulated which is regarded as a hazard to human beings.
Asbestos diseases are caused by very thin microscopic fibers that are released into the air when a product containing this product is disturbed. When someone inhales these fibers they get trapped into the lungs. Over a period of time they accumulate and become inflammatory. They may also help in developing cancer in some cases.
The level of exposure to asbestos and its duration also play a very important role. It is revealed that the risk of asbestos cancer increase 4 percent with every passing year.
Smokers who are exposed to asbestos are at a much higher risk of developing this disease since the functioning of this vital organ is already impaired by smoking. The efficiency of the natural lung cleaning element is diminished.
Consequently, their ability to get rid of the asbestos fiber is also decreased. Researchers have also revealed that smoke from cigarettes help is accumulating asbestos fibers.The more fiber in the lung, the more risk of developing this dangerous disease.
In fact, the combination of exposure to asbestos and smoke serves as a multiplicative effect. This also means that smokers who are also exposed to asbestos owing to their nature of work can lower their risk by quitting.
Annual screenings to lung cancer should also be carried out by everyone who is exposed to exposure and has already quit smoking.