Lung Cancer Prevention

About 225,000 cases of lung and bronchus cancer are diagnosed every year in the U.S. These are the deadliest cancers; they cause about 160,000 deaths annually. 

What puts you at higher risk of lung or bronchus cancer? 

  • Smoking any tobacco products
  • Ongoing or long-term exposure to secondhand smoke from another smoker
  • Having a close relative with lung or bronchus cancer
  • Having HIV
  • Exposure to radon, a radioactive gas that can seep into homes and other buildings
  • Exposure to asbestos, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, nickel, soot, and tar
  • Living in an area with a high level of air pollution 

How can you lower your risk for developing lung or bronchus cancer? 

  • Don’t smoke (or quit smoking)
  • Avoid secondhand smoke
  • Install a radon detector to prevent exposure
  • Get at least 45 minutes of physical activity/exercise 5 days per week
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables 

How can you help ensure early detection for more effective treatment? 

  • Mention signs and symptoms to your doctor right away; some common ones include chronic cough, coughing up blood, wheezing, hoarseness, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss, and lack of energy
  • Undergo diagnostic tests, which can include chest x-rays and other imaging tests, a mucus examination called sputum cytology, bronchoscopies, biopsies, and others
  • There are no regular screening tests for these cancers 

Check out these useful resources about lung and bronchus cancer prevention:

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