What is Lung Cancer?
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of cancer diagnosed in Australia. Exposure to asbestos can cause lung cancer. Lung cancer is also associated with other carcinogens, most significantly tobacco smoke.
Lung Cancer symptoms
Symptoms that commonly occur with lung cancer include shortness of breath, pain, cough and weight loss. Although lung cancer is often fatal it can be successfully treated in some cases with surgery.
Many sufferers of lung cancer who have had exposure to asbestos are also smokers. Whilst asbestos and tobacco smoke are both risk factors for the development of lung cancer, when a person has smoked cigarettes and also had exposure to asbestos, the two act synergistically in the causation of lung cancer. Those with exposure to asbestos and a history of cigarette smoking are therefore at a much increased risk of the development of lung cancer.
Claiming compensation for Lung Cancer
It is still possible to claim compensation for lung cancer as having been caused or contributed to by exposure to asbestos even if that person has also been a smoker. Usually for asbestos to have played a role in the development of lung cancer, the sufferer needs to have had a fairly prolonged or heavy exposure to asbestos dust. Each case is different and depends upon the level and type of exposure to asbestos suffered when compared to other causes, including tobacco smoke.
Latency period for Lung Cancer
There is a latency period between exposure to asbestos dust and the development of an asbestos induced lung cancer. Generally the latency period is thought to be between 15 and 50 years.
For anyone thought to be suffering from an asbestos induced lung cancer, expert legal advice should be obtained. Substantial compensation entitlements could be available.