Protecting Your Lungs

Ragweed blowing in the windCells in your lungs mutateA permanent change in the DNA sequence of a gene. or change when they are come into contact with dangerous chemicals. Mutated cells can cause cancer. Protecting yourself against breathing in these chemicals can help prevent lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. The lifetime risk of lung cancer in non-smokers is very small. Your chances of getting lung cancer increase when you are exposed to more than one risk factor. Everyone should take steps to keep their lungs healthy. Protecting your lungs is one of the best ways to stay healthy and reduce your risk of lung cancer.

Tell your doctor if lung cancer runs in your family or if you have been exposed to any of these risk factors.

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Smoking causes lung cancer, COPD and many other illnesses. To protect you lungs,

• Don't start smoking
• Quit smoking if you smoke
• Avoid second hand smoke

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Test your home for radon. You can do this with inexpensive, easy-to-use test kits sold at hardware stores.

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If you are exposed to dust and fumes at work, ask your health and safety advisor about how you are being protected.

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Help fight pollution. Work with others in your community to help clean up the air you and your family breathe. Get life-saving updates on your local air quality and learn how you can help fight for air with the American Lung Association's State of the Air® app.

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.