An asbestos-related cancer is any cancer that can be caused by asbestos exposure. Lung cancer is the most frequently diagnosed asbestos-related cancer in the United States.
Mesothelioma is the second-most diagnosed cancer caused by asbestos. It affects about 3,000 people in the U.S. each year and it is almost exclusively caused by the naturally occurring mineral. Two other cancers confirmed to be caused by asbestos include ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer.
Gastrointestinal cancer and colorectal cancer have an association with asbestos, but more research is needed to establish a complete causal relationship. In some studies, an increased risk for cancer of the esophagus and kidney has been reported among those exposed to asbestos.
Confirmed Asbestos-Related Cancers
The four cancers determined to have a causal relationship with asbestos include lung cancer, mesothelioma cancer, ovarian cancer and laryngeal cancer. Facts and stats on each cancer include:
Karen Selby joined Asbestos.com in 2009. She is a registered nurse with a background in oncology and thoracic surgery and was the director of a tissue bank before becoming a Patient Advocate at The Mesothelioma Center. Karen has assisted surgeons with thoracic surgeries such as lung resections, lung transplants, pneumonectomies, pleurectomies and wedge resections. She is also a member of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators.
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