FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.
Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association.
Men who smoke have a 23 times increased risk of lung cancer. And exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the United States every year.
So, if you’ve never smoked, don’t start. If you do smoke, try to quit. Talk to your doctor about methods and aids to help you quit. These include nicotine replacement products, medications and support groups, according to UPMC Pinnacle, part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center health care system.
To boost your stop-smoking resolve, the health care system recommends the following steps:
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on lung cancer.