Anyone Can Get Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer is not limited to smokers.  Each year, more than 28,000 people who have never smoked will die of lung cancer.  Other known causes of lung cancer include exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos and genetic disorders.  Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year1.

Lung Cancer kills 78 people who never smoked every day2.


Read the Get the Facts About Lung Cancer Fact Sheet.

What causes lung cancer in never smokers? Lung cancer in never smokers can be caused by a variety of factors - the majority of which are preventable.  

Other factors include exposure to:

Age, family history and certain health-related issues are also risk factors.

No One Deserves Lung Cancer. Not only it is the single leading cause of cancer death in the country, but it carries a stigma as a smoker's disease. There's a perception by some that those who often become chemically addicted to nicotine through the voracious marketing efforts of Big Tobacco, somehow deserve to have their bodies ravaged by lung cancer. Nothing could be further from the truth. No one deserves lung cancer. Not the smoker or their family members exposed to second-hand smoke, not the non-smoker who's been affected by radon in their home, not the young person, with no smoking history and no known cause of lung cancer. 


1 Environmental Protection Agency. Radon: Health Risks

2 Estimated based on annual number of deaths.