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How can I check if a gene mutation will cause me to get lung cancer?

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There aren't any tests to check if you have any of these genetic problems. Your best bet is to avoid things that are known to increase your odds of getting the disease.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. , April 2014. Chinese Journal of Cancer

Melkonian, S. , January 2016. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "What Causes Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?" "Health Risks of Secondhand Smoke," "Radon and Cancer," "Radon Gas and Lung Cancer," "Asbestos and Cancer Risk," "World Health Organization: Outdoor Air Pollution Causes Cancer."

American Lung Association: "Asbestos," "Lung Cancer Fact Sheet."

Loomis, D. , April 2014. Chinese Journal of Cancer

Melkonian, S. , January 2016. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention

American Diabetes Association: "Glycemic Index and Diabetes."

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: "Asbestos in the Home."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 17, 2018

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