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Does asbestos exposure always lead to lung cancer?

Does asbestos exposure always lead to lung cancer?

Short answer...: No. While asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, most exposed individuals don't get lung cancer or any of the other problems linked to asbestos. Think of it like this, most traffic deaths occur in people in cars, but most people who drive/ride in cars don't die in accidents. Not the perfect analogy, but it helps convey the difference between exposure to a risk factor and getting the disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What kind of lung cancer does asbestos exposure cause?

What kind of lung cancer does asbestos exposure cause?

Possibly: Asbestos exposure has been shown to be related to squamous cell carcinoma, but is best known for mesothelioma. Any type of carcinoma is possible. ...Read more

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At desk at work and work in ceiling was being done. Dust was in air and exposed for that day.Not sure if asbestos, etc? Risk of lung cancer from this?

At desk at work and work in ceiling was being done. Dust was in air and exposed for that day.Not sure if asbestos, etc? Risk of lung cancer from this?

No not at all!: Asbestos can contribute a small risk to developing Cancer but the amount of exposure has to be life long before you can think about that complication. A few days of dust exposure to you would not have any such risk. So you can relax and not worry about this problem. Go for a daily walk if you want to keep your body healthy and free of diseases. ...Read more

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Found out today wood dust is carcinogenic. So why is sawdust treated so nonchalantly unlike asbestos dust? Worried about getting lung cancer now

Found out today wood dust is carcinogenic. So why is sawdust treated so nonchalantly unlike asbestos dust? Worried about getting lung cancer now

Pressure treated: Saw dust from regular wood is not dangerous, except if some one happens to be allergic to it. Pressure treated wood has chemicals that may be carcinogenic. See this site for more information. http://www.epa.gov/oppad001/reregistration/cca/cca_consumer_safety.htm ...Read more

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Can exposure to second hand smoke during childhood lead to an increased risk of lung cancer in my later years?

Yes: Second hand smoke can increase risk of lung cancer. 3000 americans die each year of lung cancer related to second hand smoker. Best is not to start smoking and avoid smokers when they are lighting up. ...Read more

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Does COPD always lead to lung cancer?

Does COPD always lead to lung cancer?

No: COPD and lung cancer are two totally different things but both are certainly tied to smoking. COPD doesn't lead to lung cancer, but quite often when someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, there is some degree of COPD found. ...Read more

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Can asbestos exposure cause thyroid cancer?

Can asbestos exposure cause thyroid cancer?

Mesothelioma (lung): No doubt. Asbestos exposure - especially long term - causes mesothelioma. It is not safe and harms health in many ways, but there is no established connection to any of the thyroid cancers. Here's a related link: http://scottieleemeyers.Com/2012/01/05/post-office-employees-battle-thyroid-cancer/ best wishes for your health. ...Read more

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My parents smoked in the house until i was 7 years old. I'm not 27. Am i at risk of lung cancer because of this exposure?

My parents smoked in the house until i was 7 years old. I'm not 27. Am i at risk of lung cancer because of this exposure?

Second hand: Smoke exposure is a risk for lung cancer, but when you calculate how much time you and parents were in home and car together, you may have slight increase risk, but not enough to do anything different other than obviously not smoke yourself. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Beatrice Taylor
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Asbestos (Definition)

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more