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Sunday, October 2, 2016

You Can Prevent Lung Cancer By Doing These 5 Things (Other Than Quitting Smoking)

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Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women, representing approximately 14 percent of all new cancers. In the U.S., 116,470 men and 109,690 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year alone. About 80 percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking. So, the best step you can take is to either quit smoking now, or don't start smoking in the first place. But you can also prevent lung cancer by doing these 5 important things.

Prevent lung cancer by taking these 5 steps

#1 Stay away from cigarette smoke - Even if you don't smoke, second-hand smoke can increase your risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30 percent, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. So, avoid places where people are smoking.

#2 Check for radon in your home - Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that can be in any one's home, and it comes from the ground up. It is best to have your home tested for radon by a radon specialist, and if radon is present at above-normal levels, they can explain how radon can be eliminated. For more information on radon, visit www.epa.gov/radon

#3 Learn more about carcinogens - Carcinogens are substances that can cause cancer. Carcinogens can be anywhere, including your workplace, where you spend 8 or more hours per day. Find out from your employer if there are possible carcinogens in your workplace and what precautions can be taken.

#4 Eat healthy - Eating healthy will go a long way toward preventing cancer. In addition, avoid processed foods that contain preservatives and other chemicals that may be carcinogens. Finally, eat foods that are known to help fight cancer, like broccoli, blueberries, artichokes, salmon, kiwi, and black tea.

#5 - Exercise - Many people are surprised to know that exercise can actually help prevent cancer, especially breast, lung, prostate, and colon cancer.

Read more by visiting www.rd.com/health/conditions/prevent-lung-cancer/1/
DISCLAIMER: The content or opinions expressed on this web site are not to be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or medical practictioner before utilizing any suggestions on this web site.
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