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3 Things That Could Cause Lung Cancer, Other Than Smoking

Asbestos exposure, radon exposure, and family history can all increase your risk of developing lung cancer.

Over 200, 000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. Everyone knows that smoking cigarettes puts you at higher risk for certain cancers, with lung cancer being one of the most talked about. However, there are other activities and perhaps unexpected things that have been linked to lung cancer as well.

Here, we discuss three things that could cause lung cancer other than smoking. 

Family history

According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, a family history of lung cancer could predispose you to developing the disease over time as well. If you have an immediate family member who has or has had lung cancer, you are at higher risk too. 

Asbestos exposure

Asbestos is a mineral found in rock and soil that had been used for years in building and home insulation because of its flame-resistant properties. People who have been consistently exposed to asbestos, including construction workers and their families, are at higher risk of developing certain lung cancers. 

The most common cancer associated with asbestos exposure is malignant mesothelioma, which can impact the lungs as well as other organs in those impacted by the disease.

Radon gas exposure

“Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas,” according to the American Cancer Association. “Radon is present outdoors and indoors. It is normally found at very low levels in outdoor air and in drinking water from rivers and lakes. It can be found at higher levels in the air in houses and other buildings, as well as in water from underground sources, such as well water.”

Much like asbestos exposure, being exposed to radon gas for long periods of time can also put you at higher risk of developing lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Association, radon exposure can damage lung cells over time, leading to lung cancer.