While mesothelioma is a rare disease known to be caused from asbestos exposure, developing lung cancer as a result of asbestos exposure is also a risk caused from asbestos exposure and the diagnosis occurs more frequently than mesothelioma.
It is also sometimes difficult for the doctor to distinguish between mesothelioma and lung cancer and typically requires a biopsy to determine which type of cancer is present.
Within the different types of asbestos lung cancer, adenocarcinoma is the most common form; the risk of which increases greatly in individuals who have been exposed to inhalation of asbestos fibers.
Including adenocarcinoma, there are several other types of lung cancers someone can develop after asbestos exposure.
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) are the most common type of lung cancer condition after asbestos exposure through inhalation. Together, they comprise 80 percent to 85 percent of lung cancer cases.
Types of non-small cell lung cancers include:
- Adenocarcinoma – A type of cancer that forms in the mucus-producing glands of the lungs’ outer tissues. It is the most common type of lung cancer affecting non-smokers, but it is also highly likely to occur in smokers. Adenocarcinoma comprises around 40 percent of all lung cancer cases.
- Squamous cell carcinoma – Squamous cells are flat cells found inside the lungs’ airways. This type of lung cancer affects 25 to 30 percent of all lung cancer patients.
- Large cell carcinoma – This type of cancer has less identifiable characteristics than the other two and can be found in many tissue types.
Small Cell Lung Cancer
Small cell lung cancer is a rarer type of lung cancer, affecting 10 percent to 15 percent of all lung cancer patients. It is also much more aggressive and harder to contain, readily metastasizing to other tissues through nearby contact or through the bloodstream. Chemotherapy is the preferred treatment method since isolating tumors through surgery is difficult.
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