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What raises my odds of lung cancer?

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Smoking tobacco is the biggest thing Smokers who use one pack of cigarettes per day for 40 years are 20 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from it than people who don't light up.

Secondhand smoke is also linked to the disease. Other risk factors are exposure to:

Lung cancer is rare for people under 45 years old. On average, people are diagnosed at 70.

  • Asbestos
  • Radon gas
  • Air pollution
  • Radiation therapy

From: Lung Cancer FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Lungcancer.org: "Lung cancer 101." 

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Lung Cancer - Non-small Cell. What are the key statistics for lung cancer."

CDC: "Lung cancer Risk factors." 

CDC: "Lung cancer Symptoms." 

Lung Cancer Alliance News: "Lung Cancer Reducing Risk." 

Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Trial, National Cancer Institute: "Can Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Be Found Early?" 

Schabath, M.  , Sept. 28, 2005. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES: 

Lungcancer.org: "Lung cancer 101." 

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Lung Cancer - Non-small Cell. What are the key statistics for lung cancer."

CDC: "Lung cancer Risk factors." 

CDC: "Lung cancer Symptoms." 

Lung Cancer Alliance News: "Lung Cancer Reducing Risk." 

Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Trial, National Cancer Institute: "Can Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Be Found Early?" 

Schabath, M.  , Sept. 28, 2005. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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