Preventing Lung Cancer
Using tobacco is, by far, the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, and the risk continually increases the longer a person uses tobacco and the more they use. Tobacco use includes smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes and also includes chewing tobacco.
Not smoking or chewing tobacco is the best way to prevent the disease. In fact, people who quit using tobacco continue to reduce their risk for lung cancers as they continue to age. For example, quitting tobacco for 10 years reduces your lung cancer risk by about 50 percent. That risk decreases even further the longer you don’t use tobacco.
According to the Surgeon General National Health Advisory on Radon, indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is suspected to be the major cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and a significant factor in smokers, causing approximately 21,000 deaths from lung cancer per year according to the EPA. The federal government recommends that you get the indoor air in your home tested to measure radon levels. Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas, and there is no way to know if it is present without testing. For more information, visit the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) free test kit website.
If you have received a lung cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a lung cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.