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Lung Cancer Prevention

Lung cancer prevention goes beyond avoiding smoking. Testing for radon, getting adequate exercise, and eating a healthy diet can all aid in lung cancer prevention. Are you familiar with these ways to help prevent lung cancer?
  1. Lung Cancer Risk Factors (4)
  2. Lung Cancer Screening (1)

Preventing Lung Cancer
Many preventable cases of lung cancer are related to tobacco, but others are tied to avoidable environmental exposures. Something as simple as testing homes for radon could prevent 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year in the United States alone.

Lung Cancer Prevention for Non-Smokers
When Dana Reeve, wife of "Superman," died at age 44 of lung cancer, the event raised awareness that even lifelong non-smokers can be at risk for lung cancer. In fact, between 10 and 15% of those diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked.

Radon and Lung Cancer - What Everyone Should Know
Exposure to radon in the home is the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the leading cause in non-smokers. Knowing what radon is, how to test for it, what levels are normal, and how to fix the problem, can go a long way in reducing the risk of this entirely preventable cause of lung cancer.

Diet and Lung Cancer Prevention
We are learning more about the role of diet and exercise in cancer prevention. With all of the conflicting news in the media, it is hard to know what to eat to lower our risk. General guidelines as well as specific foods that may lower lung cancer risk based on credible studies are presented.

Calculate Your Lung Cancer Risk
Do you, or did you formerly smoke? Do you have a loved one that has lung cancer and wonder about your own risk? A National Cancer Institute Cancer Center, Siteman Cancer Center, offers an online questionaire for calculating your risk.

10 Tips for Lung Cancer Prevention

Lung cancer prevention goes beyond avoiding smoking. More than half of people who develop lung cancer at this time are not current smokers. What are 10 tips for lung cancer prevention that you can begin today?

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