Asbestos Related Lung Cancer
Asbestos Related Lung cancer refers to any type of malignant tumour that originates in the lung itself (unlike mesothelioma, where the tumours usually occur in the pleural lining around the lung.) This is the same sort of cancer as that caused by smoking. People who have asbestosis (or diffuse pleural thickening) and who also smoke cigarettes are much more likely to get lung cancer than people who have asbestosis and are not smokers.
It usually takes 20 years or more from being exposed to asbestos before lung cancer develops. All asbestos exposure up to the time of development of clinically obvious asbestosis is relevant both in terms of future risks and current disability.
Between 1 in 20 and 1 in 50 individuals with lung cancer are still alive 5 years after the diagnosis is made.
Asbestos Related Lung Cancer – State Benefits
The Department for Work and Pensions (“DWP”) and courts are very reluctant to accept the connection between lung cancer and asbestos in the absence of any other evidence.
The DWP will only accept benefit claims if their special medical board also diagnose asbestosis or a certain amount of diffuse pleural thickening.