Preventing Lung Cancer

If you are concerned about getting lung cancer, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

  • If you are a smoker- STOP SMOKING
    Quitting smoking is the single most important thing a smoker can do to enhance the length and quality of his or her life.  The American Lung Association has many programs to help you quit for good.
  • If you don't smoke, don't start.  
    Smoking causes lung cancer, COPD, and many other illnesses.  And consider this: When smoking is combined with another risk factor, such as radon exposure, the risk of cancer is even higher.
  • Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. 
  •  Make your home smoke-free.  You'll not only protect yourself, but your family too.  Learn about your rights to a smoke-free environment at work and in public places.
  • Test your home for radon.
    You can do this with inexpensive, easy-to-use test kits sold at hardware stores.
  • Be aware of industrial compounds. 
    If you are exposed to dust and fumes at work, ask your health and safety advisor about how you are being protected.
  • Help fight pollution.
    Work with others in your community to help clean up the air you and your family breathe. 

Early detection of lung cancer can increase survival rates. Call the Lung Helpline at 1-800-LUNGUSA or talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening.