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Lung Cancer Awareness

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following ways—

  • Don’t smoke. The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke. Smoke from other people’s cigarettes, pipes, or cigars is called secondhand smoke. Make your home and car smoke-free.
  • Get your home tested for radon. The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings.

Fast Facts

  • Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this disease.
  • Smoking causes about 90% of lung cancer deaths in men and almost 80% of lung cancer deaths in women in the United States.
  • When a person breathes in secondhand smoke, it is like he or she is smoking. In the United States, about 3,000 people who never smoked die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke every year.
  • After increasing for decades, lung cancer rates are decreasing nationally, as fewer people smoke cigarettes.
  • Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body. Smoking causes cancer of the mouth, nose, throat, voicebox (larynx), esophagus, bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, stomach, blood, and bone marrow (acute myeloid leukemia).
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