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An industrial worker is exposed to small amounts of asbestos each day. After twenty years, the worker begins to experience shortness of breath. A few years later, the worker develops a painful cough. Upon visiting a doctor, the worker is diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable and aggressive lung cancer.

Is the lung cancer a chronic or an acute condition, and why?

A

It is a chronic condition because it took a long time to develop and the symptoms gradually worsened.

B

It is an acute condition because it is a very aggressive disease.

C

It is a chronic condition because it involved only one organ system, the lungs.

D

It is an acute condition because there was a sudden onset of symptoms when the worker developed the shortness of breath.

E

It is a chronic condition because it is a fatal disease.

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