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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.

References:

Learn about cancer—non-small cell. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp. Accessed October 7, 2008.

Learn about cancer—small cell. American Cancer Society website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp. Accessed October 7, 2008.

Lung cancer. American Lung Association website. Available at: http://www.lungusa.org/. Accessed October 7, 2008.

Lung cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/lung. Accessed October 7, 2008.

7/3/2013 DynaMed Systematic Literature Surveillance https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us: Yang WS, Wong MY, Vogtmann E, et al. Meat consumption and risk of lung cancer: evidence from observational studies. Ann Oncol. 2012;23(12):3163-70.

Last reviewed September 2013 by Igor Puzanov, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


 
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