Five Tips for Preventing Lung Cancer

5 tips for preventing lung cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. UC Health has the most-advanced lung cancer team focused on improving survival through early detection, accurate diagnosis, state-of-the-art treatment and clinical trials.

• Stop smoking—get a lung screening as a follow up.

o A lung screening is a low radiation CT scan. It is recommended for people who have a heavy smoking history and it can detect lung cancer early when it’s potentially curable.
o Join UC Health’s “Win by Quitting” Smoking Cessation Program. A nurse practitioner-run, physician-supervised program designed to help smokers quit in 12 weeks.

• Plan to exercise regularly.

o Schedule two to three days of exercise—walking, running or cardio activity at the gym.

• Understand your family history.

o It’s very important to understand your family history when it comes to your health. If you have a history of lung cancer in the family, make sure you let your physician know.

• Decrease time around secondhand smoke.

o If you are around people who smoke, be aware of secondhand smoke. This can be another cause of contracting lung cancer in the future.
o Your odds of getting lung cancer increase to 20 percent if you live with a smoker.

• Check your home for traces of radon.

o Beware if your home has any radon in it—this can cause lung cancer if not checked. Radon is an odorless gas that is from the decay of uranium under a house.

To learn more, go to UC Health’s Lung Cancer Center or call 513-584-5864

This entry was posted in Articles. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.

Click Here to learn about our most recent updates, visitor restrictions, testing, safety precautions and more.