Lung Cancer

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Lung Cancer and Asbestos Exposure

This section explores the relationship between lung cancer and asbestos exposure, including the compounded risks of smoking.

Body's Reaction Leading to Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer related to asbestos exposure is ironically influenced by the body's own defence mechanism. The acids and enzymes produced by white blood cells, intended to combat asbestos fibres, inadvertently contribute to cancer development.

Risk Factors

  • Asbestos Exposure: Working with asbestos increases the likelihood of developing lung cancer by 8-10 times.
  • Smoking: Smoking independently also raises the risk of lung cancer by similar rates.

Combined Effect of Asbestos and Smoking

Combining asbestos exposure with smoking drastically elevates the risk of lung cancer. Factors such as the toxins in cigarettes trigger a significant release of enzymes by white blood cells. When added to the effects of asbestos, the risk can increase by 50-90 times.

This information underscores the critical need for asbestos safety measures and the importance of smoking cessation, especially for individuals exposed to asbestos.