Let's Clear the Air About Lung Cancer
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and it’s time to take a closer look at the facts about lung cancer, identify how to reduce your risk, and get the right message about screening. Cigarette smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancer deaths in the United States. Secondhand smoke (smoke from other people’s cigarettes, pipes, or cigars), radon gas, which occurs naturally from rocks and dirt, and substances such as asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, silica, and chromium can also cause lung cancer. Now that you know these facts, here are things you can do to reduce your risk for lung cancer.
- Don't smoke
- Avoid secondhand smoke
- Get your home tested for radon gas
- Follow safety guidelines at work for substances that can cause cancer
Lung cancer screening is recommended for adults who have no symptoms but are at high risk. This includes people with a history of heavy smoking, who smoke now or have quit smoking within the last 15 years, and are between 55 and 80 years old. Talking with your doctor about your risks can help you decide whether to get lung cancer screening. Check out our new lung cancer resources.