Risk Factors for Lung Cancer
A risk factor is something that increases your likelihood of getting a disease or condition.
It is possible to develop
Risk factors for lung cancer include:
Substances in cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products have been shown to cause lung cancer. How long you have
Some studies indicate breathing smoke in the air caused by someone else smoking increases your risk of lung cancer.
Lung diseases, such as
The risk of lung cancer begins to increase at age 40; it is uncommon in people younger than 40.
Exposure to radon,
As stated previously, some cancers are the result of scarring in the lung from other conditions, such as TB. If you have such a condition, you may wish to discuss how best to monitor for the possible development of cancer in a scar.
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