Reducing Your Risk of Lung Cancer
A risk factor increases your chances of developing cancer. Modifying the following risk factors may help reduce 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 the following:
Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit. Ask your doctor about programs to help you stop smoking, such as group support, hypnosis, and alternative nicotine delivery systems.
For more information on quitting smoking,
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Avoid places where people are smoking:
- Patronize restaurants, bars, and other public places that prohibit smoking.
- In a restaurant where smoking is allowed, request a seat in the non-smoking section.
- Request a non-smoking room when staying in a hotel.
- Do not allow smoking in your home.
Avoid radon gases and asbestos:
- Test your home for radon gases and asbestos.
- If these substances are in your home, have them removed.
- Do not work or live in places that contain asbestos.
- If you have to work or live in the presence of these substances, contact the Environmental Protection Agency to see how you can protect yourself from radon gases and asbestos.
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
National Cancer Institute
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