Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer, and is currently the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US. At this time, there is no certain way to prevent lung cancer. However, there are many ways to reduce your risk factors as most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking.
Lung Cancer Prevention
By avoiding cigarette smoke, you can greatly reduce this risk factor for developing lung cancer. In addition, you can take several additional steps to reduce your risk factors.
Tips to Prevent Lung Cancer Include:
Do not start smoking
Avoid secondhand smoke
Have your home tested for radon, a naturally radioactive gas
If your job involves exposure to carcinogens, use appropriate safety gear such as face masks
Damage to the lungs often occurs over a long period of time. Being aware of lung cancer prevention techniques can help you reduce your risk factors.
Avoiding Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Even if you are non-smoker, you can still be exposed to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke by way of secondhand smoke. This problem is especially common in multi-unit housing such as apartments and condominiums that are not smoke-free.
Speak with your landlord about your options. Insulating the windows and doorframes of your apartment can reduce the amount of smoke that enters your home. Investing in an air purifier can help further remove odors and impurities from the air.
If you live with someone who smokes, talk with them about their smoking habits. See if you can arrange for them to smoke outdoors only to prevent secondhand smoke from coming into the home. Being aware of lung cancer prevention may help keep your lungs healthy for a lifetime.
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