According to CBS 7, officials at the Medical Center Hospital in Odessa are trying to educate people about lung cancer and how the illness affects non-smokers.
The station reported that many who are diagnosed with lung cancer are automatically labeled as smokers, but that is not always the case. According to the American Cancer Society, 23 percent of lung cancer deaths occur in non-smokers.
“People jump to conclusions, in fact, I have so many people who ask what kind of cancer do you have, I tell them lung, and they say were you a smoker,” said Bob Forbess told CBS 7. Forbess said he has suffered from lung cancer for two years.
Lorita Kelley, a nurse for the hospital, told the station that lung cancer could be caused by a number of things, from second-hand smoking to being exposed to radon or asbestos, such as insulation.
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It should be noted that although a smoker may have a greater chance of getting lung cancer than a non-smoker, a smoker who works around asbestos has up to an 84-times-greater chance of getting lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Because cigarette smoke wears down the lungs and decreases the ability of a person’s body to remove asbestos fibers, people who worked around the product are at a higher risk to develop aggressive lung cancers like mesothelioma.
Even more alarming is the fact that some cigarette filters produced in the 1950s and 1960s contained asbestos. Other products that contained asbestos include:
- Baby Powder
- Hair Dryers
- Vinyl Wallpaper
For a more detailed list of asbestos-containing products, you can click here.
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[Did You Know: In the 1950s, Kent Micronite cigarettes contained asbestos filters.]