Lung cancer, like all cancers, is devastating; eventually this disease leads to death. In the majority of cases, lung cancer is directly related to environmental toxins. There is ample evidence that cigarette smoking is a primary cause of lung cancer but there are many thousands of cases every year in non-smokers.
There have been numerous studies made over the years. One recent study of the trucking industry has shown that people that have been employed for 20 years plus are at high risk of developing this dreadful disease. The study included more people than just long-haul drivers, those involved in local delivery and pickup and dockworkers were included.
The evidence continues to pile up that there is a direct relationship with diesel exhaust fumes and cancers. If you or a loved one is stricken by lung, bladder or kidney cancer it is a wise decision to consult with a diesel injury lawyer as you may be entitled to significant compensation.
Lung cancer and diesel exhaust:
Diesel exhaust is very prevalent in heavy industry. It is not just the trucking industry, people that are working with heavy equipment in mines, those that are working in intensive agriculture and in the railroad industry and even those driving diesel engine vehicles are at elevated risk. The exhaust from diesel fuel is a toxic soup of hundreds of chemicals, a number of which have been linked to cancer.
Diesel does not burn clean, the exhaust contains particulates that are breathed in; these particulates accumulate in the airway and lungs. As the concentration increases, so does the risk of respiratory ailments, long term exposure leads to lung disease and cancer.
As far back as 2002 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was warning that long term exposure to diesel exhaust was associated with cancer. Although manufacturers of diesel engines have improved their products, anyone that was working in and around certain industries before improvement should engage a diesel injury lawyer if they have been diagnosed with lung cancer.
If you have reason to believe that exposure to diesel exhaust can be blamed for your cancer you need to discuss your situation with a diesel injury lawyer. You are invited to a free consultation when you contact Diesel Injury Law.
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