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Can non-small cell lung cancer be caused by asbestos?

Asbestos exposure raises risk of lung cancer in both smokers and non-smokers. While asbestos exposure is the primary cause of only 4% of lung cancer cases (according to the Centers for Disease Control), asbestos-related lung cancer accounts for 6 times as many deaths as mesothelioma.

Lung cancer comes in multiple forms, differentiated by the type of cells in which the cancerous growth originates. These include small-cell and multiple types of non-small-cell lung cancer. Small-cell cancer originates in the nerve or hormone-creating cells of the lungs and is more aggressive and fast-growing, but more sensitive to chemotherapy and radiation. Non-small-cell cancer starts in other cells including those that line the airways and produce mucus.

Can non small cell lung cancer be caused by asbestos?

Different cancers behave differently (e.g. in how they grow and respond to specific treatment) depending on cell type. Small-cell lung cancer is almost always associated with smoking, while the other types of lung cancer can spring from other causes. Adenocarcinoma (affecting the cells that produce mucus) is the most common type of cancer affecting nonsmokers, so it has a high likelihood of affecting asbestos victims. The five-year survival rate for non-small cell lung cancer is 60% when it is caught in a localized stage.

Can non small cell lung cancer be caused by asbestos?

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