Causes of Lung Cancer

Factory Chimneys with SmokeLung cancer is accountable for around one in seven (13%) of all new cancer cases, making it the UK's deadliest form of the disease. As the condition is so prevalent, it is important to take note of the leading causes so that we can all give ourselves the best chance of avoiding this common killer.

What are the leading causes of lung cancer?

The biggest cause of lung cancer, responsible for the overwhelming majority of cases, is smoking. According to Cancer Research, smoking accounts for 86% of lung cancer cases, while passive smoking is responsible for 3% of lung cancer cases.

The remaining 11% of lung cancer cases occur as a result of various hazards, including:

  • Radon gas – this occurs naturally in the environment and, as it is colourless and odourless, can build up unnoticed in homes and other buildings, making it particularly dangerous.
  • Air pollution – a European study has shown that between five per cent and seven per cent of lung cancer in non-smokers is caused by air pollution. 
  • Other respiratory disease – if you have previously been diagnosed with another respiratory disease, such as silicosis or tuberculosis, you may be at a greater risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Workplace exposure – many chemicals used in industry are known to be carcinogenic. The known hazards include:
    • Asbestos
    • Silica dust
    • Diesel fumes
    • Arsenic
    • Beryllium
    • Cadmium and chromium
    • Cobalt
    • Dioxins
    • Soots

Short, low level exposures to these substances do not result in lung cancer – regular exposure over a long period has the potential to cause lung cancer.

Thinking about a compensation claim?

If lung cancer does occur, the impact on the victim and their family is likely to be devastating. If your or a loved one's lung cancer was caused, at least in part, by the actions or inactions of someone else, you should not have to suffer without receiving the full amount of redress that is owed to you.

This is where Thompsons Solicitors can help.

With many specialists in our team who specifically deal with industrial diseases, including respiratory disease and lung cancer, Thompsons will set you on the right track towards finding justice.

By calling Thompsons you will be put in touch with the solicitor who is right for your case. You can be sure that a Thompsons solicitor will guide you along with honest and straightforward advice, keeping your best interests at heart during the whole process.

We even offer a No Win No Fee solicitors package to all our clients so that they needn't be discouraged by the thought of accumulating unnecessary legal fees. You can talk to one of our legal experts today by calling 0800 0891331.

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