People who work with asbestos are several times more likely to die of lung cancer as compared to those who do not. Asbestos is found in mines, mills, textile plants, places where insulation is used, and shipyards. People exposed to asbestos are at a high risk of developing a type of lung cancer called mesothelioma.
Some occupations may increase your risk of developing lung cancer. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, exposure to chemicals used in aluminum and coke production, hairdressing, underground hematite mining, iron and steel founding, painting, production of art glass and glass containers, and the rubber industry can cause lung cancer.
Those who serve in the military have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than the general public. This may because of exposure to asbestos; defoliants; herbicides such as Agent Orange; fuel exhaust; smoke from burning oil wells; kerosene cookers; heaters in enclosed tents; and other battlefield emissions.