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Reducing Your Risk of Lung Cancer
Avoid Exposure to Cancer-Causing Substances
Avoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer. Suggestions include:
- Don’t smoke . If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit . Your risk of lung cancer decreases markedly and by 15 years is equal to that of non-smokers.
- Avoid places where people are smoking.
- Test your home for radon gases and asbestos. If these substances are in your home, have them removed.
- Use protective gear if you must work around asbestos or other occupational hazards.
Eat a Healthful Diet
Making changes in your diet may help reduce your risk of lung cancer. Changes that may help include:
- Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
- Eating less red meat and more poultry.
If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about quitting. The benefits of quitting smoking are much greater than the benefits gained from dietary changes alone.
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- Reviewer: Igor Puzanov, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014