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					Asbestos and Lung Cancer – Frequently asked Questions and Concerns
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to a class of minerals called asbestos. There are four basic types of mesothelioma,
pleural, peritoneal, pericardial, and testicular. Pleural (lung) is the most common type of mesothelioma, and can be difficult to diagnose because the
symptoms can take a long time to develop. Many studies have been conducted on asbestos and pleural mesothelioma. One well known study is
listed below.

Asbestos and lung cancer: An analysis of the epidemiological evidence on the asbestos - smoking interaction R. Saracci - International Agency for
Research on Cancer, 150, cours Albert Thomas, 69008 Lyons, France

"Three simple models for the asbestos - smoking interaction on human lung cancer production are considered. In the first model the excess incidence
of lung cancer independently due to asbestos and to smoking adds together when both agents are present (additive model). In the second the addition
of each one of the two agents produces an effect (increase in lung cancer incidence) which is proportional to the effect of the other (multiplicative
model). In the third, asbestos can only increase lung cancer incidence in the presence of smoking. As previously found by other investigators, the
additive model appears the least plausible in the light of the data from two published epidemiological studies. A discrimination between the other two
models is attempted through a detailed analysis of the five published epidemiological studies today available which provide information on
occupational asbestos exposure, smoking habits and lung cancer risk. Although the data do not allow a definitive discrimination, the multiplicative
model appears to be more plausible, being also consistent with a multistage carcinogenic mechanism and with evidence from animal (rat)
experiments. It is relevant both for biology and for public health that in this model asbestos and smoking are regarded as independently capable of
producing lung cancer in humans and that they act synergistically when exposure to both occurs."


How many mesothelioma cases are diagnosed each year?

That number varies depending on the expert, but some estimates place the number above 3,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

Is it possible to file an asbestos lawsuit on behalf of my deceased spouse?

It depends on where you live. Some states will allow a spouse or other family member to bring a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved

Which companies made, sold, or designed products containing asbestos? A small list would include: T.H. Agriculture & Nutrition, Turner & Newall,
Unarco Industries, Union Carbide Corporation, Uniroyal Holding, Inc. (Asbeston), U.S. Gypsum Company, U.S. Steel Corporation, Wagner Electric
Corporation, Weil-McClain, and Western Auto Supply Co.
W.R. Grace & Co.
Western Electric
Westinghouse Electric Corporation

What is the next step?

If you believe that you have a case, you should contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. Time is of the essence. If you fail to bring your case
before the statute of limitations expires, you can be barred from receiving compensation.

About the Author
Monty Wrobleski is the author of this article on Mesothelioma Attorneys. Find more information about Meso Attorney here.


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