As Lung Cancer Awareness Month Closes, NY Mesothelioma Attorney Calls For More Funding To Combat Asbestos-Related Diseases
As November’s National Lung Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, the need for more research into lung cancer and other asbestos-related diseases continues, New York mesothelioma lawyer Joseph W. Belluck said.
Although 157,300 people are afflicted each year with lung cancer, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance, and an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 die of the related cancer of mesothelioma, research for these diseases is not as well funded as for other cancers, Belluck pointed out.
According to a recent Scripps Newspaper report, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer will operate with $200 million this year in research funding, while LUNGevity, the nation’s largest private lung cancer foundation, will give out only $2 million for research.
“Unfortunately, too many people associate lung cancer only with smoking, and that may impact funding, but there are many other causes of the disease – one of which is asbestos,” said Belluck, a partner of the New York personal injury law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP, who focuses his practice on handling lung cancer and mesothelioma claims related to asbestos exposure.
“That’s why Lung Cancer Awareness Month is important. It raises awareness of the many causes of lung cancer, and, hopefully, that generates more funding for research into treatment options and possible cures,” he said. “However, when the month ends, the battle goes on.
“We need to continue to promote awareness and encourage funding for research that can ultimately help to improve the survival rate for lung cancer and mesothelioma victims.”
Asbestos is a mineral that was once widely used in the U.S. in construction, shipyards, the military, automobiles and insulation. It has been recognized as a carcinogen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Environmental Protection Agency and International Agency for Research.
Although both are caused by asbestos, mesothelioma and lung cancer are completely different diseases, with different origin sites, tumor structure and treatability, Belluck pointed out.
Additionally, while lung cancer can be traced to many different agents, asbestos is the only known cause of mesothelioma, he said.
“Unfortunately, both forms of cancer can be very aggressive and fatal,” he said.
Belluck urged people to seek medical treatment promptly if they believe they have signs of lung cancer or mesothelioma. He also stressed that symptoms usually do not appear for 10 to 50 years after exposure to asbestos.
“It’s also important for victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families to know that they have legal rights and can pursue a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against the company or agency that exposed them to this toxic substance,” Belluck said.
He advised victims of asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma to seek out an asbestos exposure lawyer who has experience handling asbestos claims.
“While monetary awards cannot undo the harm caused by asbestos exposure, it can help to secure funds that will ease the financial burdens victims and their families face,” he said.
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