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Five Tips for Preventing Lung Cancer

Nov. 8, 2019

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

Preventing Lung Cancer

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Understand your family history.

  • 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.

  • If you are around people who smoke, be aware of secondhand smoke. This can be another cause of contracting lung cancer in the future.

  • Your odds of getting lung cancer increase to 20% if you live with a smoker.

Check your home for traces of radon.

  • 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.