Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Know Your Risk

The CDC reports that the highest number of annual cancer-related deaths in America is caused by lung cancer, but lung cancer is not the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States. The reason for this disconnect in figures is that lung cancer is not typically diagnosed until later stages when it is more difficult to treat. Raising awareness about the risk factors for lung cancer can help to lower the rate of lung cancer deaths, so an overview of the most common risks is provided below.


Tobacco use

Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause for lung cancer, as first- and second-hand smoking can be a risk. By quitting, you can immediately improve your health while protecting those around you. November is the perfect time to kick the habit, as the Great American Smokeout takes place on November 15th. This event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, and it is meant to offer support to those considering quitting smoking for a brighter future of good health.

Chemical exposures

Certain occupations can increase an individual’s risk for lung cancer. These occupations expose workers to potentially harmful chemicals that have been shown to cause cancer. Jobs that increase risk include hairdressers, miners, and factory workers involved in the production of glass and plastics.

Radon exposure

Indoor air quality is a big consideration for lung cancer risk, and a key component to examine is radon levels in the air. Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in the Earth’s soil. You can learn about the radon levels in the area you live with the EPA , which reports that radon exposure is the second leading cause for lung cancer in the United States.

Find out more about your risk for lung cancer and screening procedures for lung cancer prevention at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. You can reach us on our website or by calling (702) 233-5474. We offer superior healthcare in all medical specialties along with public health education to maintain a better standard of health throughout the community.