Reduce your lung cancer risk.
Smoking is the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is linked to about 90% of lung cancer deaths. Cigars, pipes, vaping, and even e-cigarette use have been linked to an increase in lung cancer. Exposure to secondhand smoke also increases the risk of lung cancer. If you smoke or use tobacco products, quitting can greatly reduce your lung cancer risk.
How to reduce your lung cancer risk:
- Stop using tobacco products.
- Prevent exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Prevent exposure to asbestos, paint, mustard gas, and other chemicals.
- Prevent exposure to radon gas and/or air pollution.
- Tell your health care provider if you have a family history of lung cancer.
- Tell your health care provider if you have a personal history of tuberculosis.
Get a lung cancer screening if you are a smoker or former smoker and you:
- Are 50 to 80 years of age
- Are a current smoker or a smoker who quit within the last 15 years
- Smoke or smoked a pack a day for 20 or more years, or two packs a day for 10 or more years