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Lung Cancer Claim - Symptoms Diagnosis and Prognosis

What is Lung Cancer?

Lung Cancer is a cancer that starts in the lung, bronchials or windpipe. Lung Cancer is the second most common cancer in the UK.

What causes Lung Cancer? 

Lung cancer is normally caused by smoking.  It is estimated that 90% of lung cancers are caused by smoking.

Breathing in asbestos dust can cause lung cancer. It is estimated that 2000 cases of lung cancer are caused by asbestos in the UK each year.

A specialist asbestos solicitor will investigate the likely cause of your lung cancer and let you know whether the lung cancer is likely to be related to asbestos.

If you also have a condition called asbestosis which is a scarring of the lungs caused by asbestos dust it is likely that your lung cancer has been caused by exposure to asbestos dust.

For the lung cancer to be caused by asbestos you will have had to be exposed to a lot of asbestos dust.

It is often difficult to work out how much asbestos dust you have been exposed to. 

Your asbestos solicitor will be able to help you with this.

If you were an asbestos lagger or asbestos sprayer or worked with large amounts of asbestos then 1 year of constant exposure to asbestos dust may be enough to cause lung cancer.

If you were exposed to asbestos dust on and off for example as a shipbuilder or construction worker then 5 to 10 years of this exposure to asbestos dust may be enough to cause asbestos lung cancer.

Low amounts of exposure to asbestos dust does not cause lung cancer.

Your asbestos solicitor will help you work out how much asbestos dust you have been exposed to and whether there is a prospect of being able to prove that the asbestos exposure has caused the lung cancer.


What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

The main symptoms of lung cancer are:

Dry cough

Coughing up phlegm and blood


Loss of Appetite

Shortness of breath


How is lung cancer diagnosed?

Some or all of the following tests are carried out:

Chest X-ray


CT scan

PET scan


What treatment is available for lung cancer?


Radiation is used to kill lung cancer cells.


Drugs are used to kill lung cancer cells.


It is sometimes an option to remove all or the part of the lung affected by the lung cancer.

This page was last updated on: 18 Apr 2017, 12:46 p.m.

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