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How can someone get lung cancer with asbestos?

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When you breathe it in, asbestos fibers get stuck deep in your lungs and over time may lead to lung cancer. The more you're in contact with asbestos, the higher your risk.

It sometimes lurks in older homes in places like steam pipes or tiles. It's not a hazard unless the material gets damaged and releases fibers. Hire a trained professional if you need to repair or remove it.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. Chinese Journal of Cancer, April 2014.

Melkonian, S. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, January 2016.

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on October 22, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. Chinese Journal of Cancer, April 2014.

Melkonian, S. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, January 2016.

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on October 22, 2020

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