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

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