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Lung Cancer Awareness — What Can You Do To Lower Your Risk Of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in both men and women. Every year, about 200,000 people are diagnosed and 150,000 people die. Cigarette smoking is the number 1 cause of lung cancer. It is linked to 80 to 90 percent of all lung cancers. Quitting smoking at any age can lower the risk of lung cancer.

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control.

When cancer starts in the lungs, it is called lung cancer.

According to cdc.gov, Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States.

It noted that in 2011, 14% of all cancer diagnoses and 27% of all cancer deaths were due to lung cancer.

However, there is good news, after showing increasing trends for decades, lung cancer rates have now shown a declining rate nationally, as a large number of people have given up the smoking of cigarettes.

Now, the question is often asked, what can one do to help lower one’s risk of lung cancer?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended the following:

1. Don’t smoke.

The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke.

2. Avoid secondhand smoke.

Smoke from other people’s cigarettes, pipes or cigars is called secondhand smoke. Make your home and car smoke-free.

3. Get your home tested for radon.

The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings.

Here are some Facts:

1. Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this disease.

2. About 80% to 90% of lung cancers are linked to cigarette smoking.

3. When a person breathes in secondhand smoke, it is like he or she is smoking. In the United States, about 7,300 people who never smoked die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke every year.

4. After increasing for decades, lung cancer rates are decreasing nationally, as fewer people smoke cigarettes.

5. Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body. Smoking causes cancer of the mouth and throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, voicebox (larynx), trachea, bronchus, kidney and renal pelvis, urinary bladder, and cervix, and causes acute myeloid leukemia.

6. Screening is recommended for people at high risk of getting lung cancer because of their smoking history and age. Ask your doctor if lung cancer screening is right for you. Lung cancer screening is not a substitute for quitting smoking.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

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Edited by Jesus Chan

Edited by Jesus Chan

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