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Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer and Asbestos

When it comes to lung cancer cases, non-small cell lung cancer is the most prevalent. In fact, it has been reported that non-small cell lung cancer represents up to 90 percent of all known lung cancer cases.

There are three known forms of the disease. Squamous cell carcinoma is the most common of the three and is characterized by cancers forming in the flat cells lining the inner airway of your lungs. Adenocarcinoma, on the other hand, is a cancer that forms in the glandular tissues lining the outside of your lungs. Large cell carcinoma, the third and final form of the disease, can appear in any part of your lungs. It is characterized by a more rapid rate of progress than adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Asbestos Exposure and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

A number of non-small cell lung cancer cases are thought to be a result of accumulated exposure to asbestos. Before asbestos was classified as a known carcinogen, it was used heavily in the building and manufacturing industries beginning in the 1940s. Thousands of workers in locations such as steel mills, textile plants, power plants, shipyards and construction sites were exposed to asbestos, many of whom would later develop some type of lung disorder.

Asbestos causes non-small cell lung cancer when microscopic asbestos fibers are released into the air and inhaled by unsuspecting individuals. If you inhale these fibers, they can become trapped inside of your lungs. Over time, frequent exposure to asbestos will lead to a larger accumulation of asbestos fibers in your lungs, which can result in both scarring and inflammation. Eventually, non-small cell lung cancer may develop.

Stages of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

There are five different stages of non-small cell lung cancer. If you are in Stage 0 of the disease, then the cancer is still limited to the inner lining of your lung. In Stage I, the cancer has not yet spread to your lymph nodes. If your cancer has spread to your lymph nodes, but only those near your original tumor, then you are in Stage II. Once the disease spreads to the more distant lymph nodes, you are in Stage III of the disease. Stage IV means that the cancer has now spread to your other organs.

Symptoms of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

There are a number of symptoms that may indicate that you have non-small cell lung cancer. These symptoms are shared by a number of other medical disorders, so you should not jump to any conclusions until diagnosed by your physician.

Some common symptoms of the disease include weight loss, a change in appetite, chest pain, recurring lung infections, loss of breath, bloody phlegm, a worsening cough, and constant hoarseness. And if the cancer has spread out from your lungs, you may present symptoms such as jaundice, dizziness, headaches, bone pain, and a frequent numbing of your limbs.

If you are afflicted with non-small cell lung cancer, then please contact us today and we can help you find treatment.