Lung cancer is a malignant tumour found within the lungs. Lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure can take 20 years or more from the time of exposure before the first clinical signs appear.
The types of lung cancer that results from asbestos exposure are the same as those which are caused by smoking. Treatment options are the same: surgery in suitable cases, radiotherapy or chemotherapy.Exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing lung cancer, especially in people who have smoked cigarettes. The risk of developing lung cancer in people who have been exposed to asbestos is reduced if they stop smoking.
Click here to watch Professor Bruce Robinson talk about the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer.