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Lung Cancer Prevention

The leading cause for lung cancer is cigarette smoking, so it's no wonder that quitting smoking is the first item on our list for preventing this deadly disease. Although it is the best thing you can do to lessen your chances of lung cancer, it is not the only step you can take.

Quit Smoking

Even if you've been a heavy smoker most of your life, quitting smoking can significantly lessen your chances of getting lung cancer.

Avoid Secondhand Smoke

Inhaling secondhand smoke is just as deadly as smoking a cigarette directly. Avoid smoking areas or cars in which people are smoking.

Protect Yourself From Carcinogens at Work

Depending on your line of work, if you are advised to wear a gas mask to avoid chemicals, do so. These precautionary measures are set up by your workplace to help you.

Have Your Home's Radon Levels Checked

If high, a mitigation system may need to be installed to help remove radon gases from your home.

Early detection is critical when trying to stop the spread of lung cancer. Because symptoms don't tend to show themselves until the latest stages, it is important to be proactive about your health from the beginning. If found in its earlier stages, lung cancer treatment sees a significantly higher success rate. Our experts working in our Community Cancer Center are available to help educate and treat the different forms of lung cancers.