Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.
The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. For help quitting, visit smokefree.gov, call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text “QUIT” to 47848 from your cell phone.
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. Get your home tested for radon.
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CDC’s Latest Research
- Comorbidities, smoking status, and life expectancy among individuals eligible for lung cancer screening
- Decreasing trend in tobacco-related cancer incidence, United States, 2005–2009
- Patterns in lung cancer incidence rates and trends by histologic type in the United States
Our “Lung Cancer in African-American Men” infographic encourages African-American men to quit smoking to protect themselves and their families from lung cancer.
Our Household Radon promising practices brief [PDF-494KB] explains what can be done to reduce lung cancer deaths caused by radon in homes.
The “No Good Alternatives to Cigarettes” podcast discusses the increasing use of non-cigarette forms of smoked tobacco.