November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Here at Keith Law Group, we want to share some important facts about the devastating impact of lung cancer and what can put people at risk.
According to the CDC, lung cancer kills more men and women than any other type of cancer.
It is the second most common type of cancer in both men and women.
Each year, about 146,000 Americans die from lung cancer.
What Causes Lung Cancer?
It’s important to know the risk factors for lung cancer, so you can take steps to prevent the disease and determine if lung cancer screening is right for you.
Nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes. Your risk goes up the more cigarettes you smoke per day and the more years you’ve smoked. Quitting can significantly reduce your risk.
Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of getting lung cancer by 20% to 30%.
Exposure to Radon
Radon is a tasteless, odorless gas that is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium in the soil, rocks, and water. People can be exposed to radon mainly from breathing radon in the air that comes through cracks and gaps in the foundation of buildings and homes.
One out of 15 homes has a high level of radon.
Exposure to Asbestos and Carcinogens
Exposure to asbestos and other substances that are known to cause cancer, like arsenic, chromium, and nickel, in the workplace can increase the risk of lung cancer, especially if you smoke.
Talcum Powder and Dangerous Drugs
Johnson & Johnson talcum powder products have been linked to certain types of cancer, including mesothelioma which most often affects the lungs.
Belviq, a popular weight loss drug also known as Lorcaserin, can put people at increased risk of pancreatic, lung, and colorectal cancer.
The cancer-causing chemical NDMA has been found in Zantac, also called Ranitidine. NMDA can have an especially negative impact on the internal organs and mostly the liver; it can also lead to lung tumors.
Contact Our Arkansas Injury Lawyers
If you or a loved one developed cancer after using Johnson & Johnson baby powder, Belviq or Zantac, contact us today for a free consultation. Our attorneys can help you file a lawsuit and seek the maximum compensation.