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9 in 10 Cancers Caused By External Factors

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9 in 10 CancersROCHESTER, N.Y. – Research once suggested that random cell mutations developed tumors, leading to cancer. However, this ‘bad luck theory’ may not be true.

New research has found that up to nine in 10 cancers were caused by environmental and external factors like smoking, drinking, sun exposure, air pollution, and asbestos.

A Rochester mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes says these outside influences are surprisingly common – and even those who don’t smoke can get certain types of lung cancer.

“Asbestos – which causes mesothelioma – was widely manufactured, and it’s still being manufactured in some items you can find almost anywhere in Rochester,” mesothelioma attorney Ross Cellino said. “People can be naturally exposed to asbestos where there’s mining or road construction – asbestos can also be found in some household products.”

Although many manufacturers now limit the amount of asbestos in products, the dangerous fiber can be found in chalkboards, electric wiring, insulation, cement, fireproofing materials, and many other household materials.

Lawyers say second-hand exposure is also a common cause of mesothelioma.

“It used to be very common for workers to be exposed to high levels of asbestos,” Cellino said. “The fibers could get tangled in clothing and these workers would come home and hug their kids.”

After someone is exposed to asbestos, it can take between 20 and 50 years to develop mesothelioma.

What may appear to be a random type of lung cancer could have been caused by asbestos fibers decades ago, according to the newest research.

Doctors say the new findings suggest that people – and companies – could slash the risk of getting cancer by making clear and simple changes: quit smoking, avoid sun exposure, reduce air pollution, and eliminate asbestos fibers from workplaces and products.

One of the researchers said that between 70 and 90 percent of all cancers would not occur if society could ‘magic away’ all the external risks.

While many people can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of getting cancer, some companies and workplaces may not. If you believe you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma because of a company’s negligence, contact a Rochester mesothelioma attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free consultation.

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