In spite of all the recent medical advances, cancer still strikes frequently and often kills its
victims. Statistics of the National Cancer Institute indicate that 1,479,350 men and women
(766,130 men and 713,220 women) were diagnosed with and 562,340 men and women were believed to have
died of cancer of all kinds in 2009.
One hopeful message from cancer research is that most
cases of cancer are linked to environmental causes and many environmentally-caused cancers can
theoretically be prevented. Environmental causes of cancer include both lifestyle factors, such as
smoking and diet, and also exposure to toxic agents in the air and water.
Risk factors for
cancerCancer strikes all age and economic groups. Physicians cannot explain why one person
develops cancer and another does not. However, certain risk factors are known to increase the chance
of the development of cancer. The most common risk factors for cancer include the following:
certain chemicals or drugs
Exposure to substances such as asbestos and benzene
viruses and bacteria
Family history of cancer
Poor diet, lack of physical activity, or being overweight
A cancer attorney
at Environmental Litigation Group (ELG) can help
If you developed cancer due to the
negligence of any party, or suffered any damages due to misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer,
you may be able to bring a cancer lawsuit for your physical and economic damages.
A lawyer can seek to recover items such as medical expenses, loss of past and future
earnings, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment in life, and loss of the companionship of your loved
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