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Five facts about lung cancer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Read on to learn more about lung cancer risk factors and prevention.
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. Each year, more than 150,000 people die from lung cancer in the United States.
- Smoking is linked to 80 percent to 90 percent of lung cancers. The most important thing you can do to lower your risk of lung cancer is to quit smoking. People who quit smoking have a lower risk of lung cancer than people who continue to smoke, but their risk remains higher than that of people who have never smoked.
- Preventive screening is recommended for people at high risk of getting lung cancer. Talk to your doctor about whether screening is right for you. Most people don’t have symptoms (like coughing, chest pain, and shortness of breath) until their lung cancer is advanced.
- Non-smokers can get lung cancer. You can help lower your risk of developing lung cancer by avoiding secondhand smoke. In the United States, about 7,300 people who never smoked die from lung cancer every year due to secondhand smoke.
- Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Get your home tested for radon to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that forms from soil and rock, and can get trapped in buildings. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the United States is thought to have high radon levels.
“Cancer Prevention and Control. Lung Cancer Awareness” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 Oct. 2017, www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/lungcancer/index.htm
“Disease of the Week.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Sept. 2017, www.cdc.gov/dotw/lungcancer/.