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Asbestos-related lung cancer

When someone breathes in asbestos dust, asbestos fibres lodge themselves in the lungs and stay there.  Over time, these can cause cancerous mutations in the cells of the lungs.

As with other asbestos-related illnesses, the condition can develop over several decades.  The average length of time is 15-35 years, but it can be more or less than this in individual cases.

Asbestos-related lung cancer is differentiated from mesothelioma because mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs.  As the name suggests, asbestos-related lung cancer affects the lungs themselves.

Unlike mesothelioma, which is primarily caused by asbestos exposure, lung cancer has many potential causes, including other toxins and smoking.  Furthermore, studies show that people who smoke and have been exposed to asbestos are substantially more like to develop lung cancer.

How we can help

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, or if a loved one has died from an asbestos-related illness, we can help you.

We offer independent, expert legal advice and we can help you to understand all of the options available. We have a number of offices across North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire and serve clients across the wider Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset region.

We are also happy to visit you in your own home.

For a free initial discussion, please call Richard Green on 01275 858515 or email us at asbestos@wards.uk.com.

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    January 2022

    Due to high rates of Covid19, we are limiting visitor access to our offices to help our staff stay safe.  We are available for video call and telephone meetings but face to face meetings with clients are currently available only in limited circumstances and only where agreed in advance,  to ensure compliance with our continuing Covid safeguards.

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