How Does Asbestos Cause Lung Cancer?

Asbestos fibres are very tiny, and if you breathe them in, they can become trapped in the lungs. Over some time, these fibres can cause significant damage to the lungs, including the development of lung cancer.1

Exposure to asbestos can increase your risk of developing a range of cancers including cancer of the lung, ovary, and larynx, as well as mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lung).1

If you’re worried about your previous exposure to asbestos, please speak to your doctor.

  1. Cancer Council. Asbestos. Available at: https://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/workplace-cancer/asbestos.html. Accessed April 2020.

How does asbestos cause lung cancer? Well, exposure to asbestos, dust, or fibre can increase your risk of developing several cancers, including lung cancer, ovarian cancer, cancer of the larynx or mesothelioma, which is a cancer of the lining of the lungs. Asbestos dust or fibre is really small, and if we breathe it in, it gets stuck in our lungs, and it stays there. And while it’s there, over time, it causes a lot of damage, and that damage can lead to us developing lung cancer.

The most important thing here, is if you think you’ve been exposed to asbestos, or you’re worried that you’ve been exposed to asbestos dust, see your doctor, make sure you follow up with your doctor. Lung Cancer Search and Rescue. Hope in every breath.

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