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Understanding Lung Cancer -- Prevention

How Can I Prevent Lung Cancer?

Don't smoke. Breaking the tobacco habit may be difficult, but it can be done. While preparing to quit, cut back on the number of cigarettes smoked daily. Many people report that stopping cigarette smoking "cold turkey" is more effective than gradually tapering off. Joining a support group may help you maintain the resolve to quit.

If you live or work with smokers, encourage them to quit and ask them not to smoke around you. If there is potential exposure to cancer-causing chemicals at work, take necessary safety measures to limit inhalation.

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This type of lung cancer is rare, and it often happens to people who aren't smokers. Although there isn't a cure, there are treatments for it that can slow down your cancer and help you feel better. "Stage IV" means that the cancer has spread beyond the lung where it started. It may be in your other lung, too, or in the fluid around your lungs, or somewhere else in your body. The "ALK rearrangement" part of the name is about a gene called ALK. If you have this type of lung cancer, your ALK gene...

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Reviewed by Sujana Movva, MD on March 15, 2015

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