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5 Fast Facts: Lung Cancer

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  1. Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in men, causing more than the next three leading causes – prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and pancreatic cancer – combined.1
  1. Risk factors for lung cancer include:
  • Smoking
  • Breathing in secondhand smoke
  • Exposure to cancer-causing chemicals like radon and asbestos
  • Family history
  • Being exposed to outdoor air pollution
  1. Lung cancer is often asymptomatic, if symptoms do present themselves they often include, but not limited to:
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Coughing Up Blood
  • Persistent Cough
  1. The best ways to reduce the risk of lung cancer include:
  • Not smoking (or quitting smoking)
  • Avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Avoiding exposure to asbestos, radon, and chemicals common in some manufacturing jobs.2
  1. As with most cancers, early detection will improve your prognosis. Get screened especially if you’re over 50, have a history of smoking 20+ packs annually, or you currently smoke or have quit smoking in the last 15 years.
  1. https://www.verywellhealth.com/top-cancers-causing-death-in-men-2248874
  2. https://siteman.wustl.edu/prevention/preventing-cancer/12-preventable-cancers/