• Reducing Your Risk of Lung Cancer

    Avoid Exposure to Cancer-Causing Substances

    Avoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer. Suggestions include:
    • Don’t smoke . If you smoke, quit . Your risk of lung cancer decreases markedly and by 15 years is equal to that of non-smokers.
    • Avoid places where people are smoking.
    • Test your home for radon gases and asbestos. If these substances are in your home, have them removed.
    • Use protective gear if you must work around asbestos or other occupational hazards.

    References

    Learn about cancer—non-small cell. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/lrn/lrn%5F0.asp . Accessed October 7, 2008.

    Learn about cancer—small cell. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/lrn/lrn%5F0.asp . Accessed October 7, 2008.

    Lung cancer. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lungusa.org/ . Accessed October 7, 2008.

    Lung cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung . Accessed October 7, 2008.

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