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Lung Cancer

Causes of Lung Cancer

Many patients know that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. It is responsible for up to 80% of lung cancer deaths, but it is also only one factor that increases a patient’s risk. Patients should reduce their risk of cancer by avoiding or mitigating their exposure to these factors that are known causes of lung cancer:
  • Smoking
  • Secondhand smoke
  • Radon exposure (odorless, tasteless radioactive gas found in some homes, buildings and basements)
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Talc (industrial grade talc)
  • Workplace agents including radioactive ores (uranium), arsenic, vinyl chloride, nickel chromates, coal products, mustard gas, chloromethyl ethers, diesel exhaust
  • Air pollution
     
Doctors also believe a personal and/or family medical history of lung cancer may increase the likelihood of developing a tumor.
 
It’s important to know the symptoms of lung cancer and how to seek screening and tests if the patient is at a high risk for lung cancer.
 

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