The International Association of Firefighters believes that firefighters face an increased risk of developing acute lung disease during the course of firefighting work. It is believed that one of the causes of lung disease in firefighters is exposure to asbestos.
Firefighters can be at risk of developing the lung disorders asbestosis and mesothelioma if they breathe in asbestos dust. Older homes often contain components made with asbestos, including insulation, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles, flashing, siding, pipe cement, plasters, and joint compound. During a fire, asbestos particles from these materials can become airborne. If a firefighter is not wearing adequate respiratory equipment, he or she may inhale airborne asbestos.
If you are or have been a firefighter and have been diagnosed with a form of cancer caused by asbestos, you may have a legal right to seek compensation. That determination can only be made after a careful consultation with an attorney.
Other causes of lung cancer: