Reducing Your Risk of Lung Cancer
Avoid Exposure to Cancer-Causing SubstancesAvoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer. Suggestions include:
- Don’t smoke . If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit . Your risk of lung cancer decreases markedly and by 15 years is equal to that of non-smokers.
- Avoid places where people are smoking.
- Test your home for radon gases and asbestos. If these substances are in your home, have them removed.
- Use protective gear if you must work around asbestos or other occupational hazards.
Eat a Healthful DietMaking changes in your diet may help reduce your risk of lung cancer. Changes that may help include:
- Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Eating less red meat and more poultry.
Learn about cancer—non-small cell. American Cancer Societywebsite. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/lrn/lrn%5F0.asp. Accessed October 7, 2008.
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