These conditions are related to the type of exposure, such as gastrointestinal cancer being more likely in individuals who swallowed significant amounts of asbestos.
Types of Cancers Caused by Asbestos Exposure
The link between asbestos exposure and non-lung cancers is not nearly as strong, according to multiple studies.
However, a significant enough number of cases have been observed to establish a more-than-tenuous connection, and since asbestos is a known carcinogen, many research professionals feel that the “evidence is suggestive but not sufficient to infer a causal relationship.”
Possible cancers from non-inhaled asbestos exposure include:
- Cancer of the larynx
- Cancer of the stomach inner lining (adenocarcinoma)
- Cancer of the outer stomach mesothelium (peritoneal mesothelioma)
- Esophageal cancer
- Cancer of the bone, brain, liver or lymph nodes after lung-related sites metastasis
- Ovarian cancer
- Cervical cancer
Cancer from Swallowing Asbestos
While swallowing asbestos is considered far more benign compared to inhaling asbestos fibers — mostly because much of the material is passed safely through the body — prolonged exposure, genetic predisposition or situation-specific digestion events can all lead to an increase in gastrointestinal cancers.
Peritoneal mesothelioma, cancer of the stomach outer lining, is considered the most prevalent risk for ingesting asbestos. Cancers of the esophagus, intestines and soft muscle tissue are also possible.
According to the Environmental Working Group, an estimated 1,200 people a year die from gastrointestinal cancer as a result of asbestos exposure through ingestion.
Asbestos from Talcum Powder Use
Another significant vector for asbestos exposure is from the use of asbestos-contaminated talcum powder products on the perineum and female genitals. A link between such use and subsequent ovarian cancer, cervical cancer and related cancers has been found.
Treatment and Prognosis of Asbestos-Related Cancers
Treatment and prognosis will vary based on the nature of cancerous growth, its location, the related health of the patient and genetic as well as environmental factors. Surgical removal of cancerous tissue is possible depending on its location. Chemotherapy is often recommended to shrink tumorous tissue or stymie its growth.
Non-Lung Cancers Caused by Asbestos and Personal Injury
Linking exposure incidents and subsequent cancer onset can be more difficult in such cases because of the less plentiful evidence surrounding the matter, but a number of notable cases have been filed and won.
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