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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Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention

Center for Multicultural Wellness & Prevention

501(c) 3 organization offering non-clinical, culturally and linguistically sensitive outreach services to diverse populations in Central Florida.

Cancer Alliance of Marion County

Cancer Alliance of Marion County

Communications network for cancer care professionals, patients, their families and survivors.

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Body Check Journal

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The American Lung Association – Central Florida

The American Lung Association – Central Florida

Organization dedicated to improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research.

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society

A nationwide voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer.

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