Reducing Your Risk of Lung CancerEn Español (Spanish Version)
Avoid Exposure to Cancer-Causing Substances
Avoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer. Suggestions include:
- Don’t smoke. If you smoke, 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.
American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp .
American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=22542 .
National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/ .
Last reviewed February 2007 by Barbara Harty-Golder, MD, JD
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