Although rare mesothelioma is the most common form of cancer associated with asbestos exposure there is limited evidence that asbestos exposure is linked to increased risks of cancers of the stomach pharynx and colorectum . Asbestos related lung cancer kills twice as many americans each year as mesothelioma asbestos exposure is the primary cause of about 4 percent of lung cancer cases most lung cancer cases trace back to smoking cigarettes. Asbestos and cancer risk what is asbestos asbestos is a group of minerals that occur naturally as bundles of fibers these fibers are found in soil and rocks in many parts of the world. Asbestos and cancer the lung cancer caused by asbestos is not the same type of cancer as mesothelioma but it causes it the same way when asbestos fibers are inhaled they can also cause mutations in the cells of the actual lung tissue. Mesothelioma is an aggressive and deadly form of cancer mesothelioma treatments are available but for many people with mesothelioma a cure is not possible doctors divide mesothelioma into different types based on what part of the mesothelium is affected
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