Asbestos Vs Lung cancer

September 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Is there a relationship between asbestos and lung cancer? If you did not know it, then, you have to be informed that indeed, there is a clear relationship between lung cancer and asbestos.

Research that has been conducted on several occasions has proved that indeed, asbestos is related to lung cancer among those exposed to asbestos over long time durations. It is true that when asbestos fibers are inhaled, most of the fibers are often expelled through natural mechanisms.

However, some asbestos fibers remain lodged in the heart through out the life of an individual. Such fibers have the potential of accumulating depending on how frequently the person is often exposed to asbestos. If they accumulate, the fibers will cause scaring of the heart and inflammations that eventually lead to lung cancer.

Research has also indicated that people who were exposed to high concentrations of asbestos for more than fifteen years were at a higher risk of developing lung cancer than any other group. However, a form of cancer of the lung linings known as mesothelioma was diagnosed within a period of thirty years after an individual was first exposed to asbestos.

There is enough proof that asbestos is related to lung cancer and today, many people working at asbestos mining areas are being diagnosed with asbestos related lung cancer.