Prevention

Welcome to L4L’s lung cancer prevention page.  Since there is only one generally accepted screening test for lung cancer, and it only helps detect lung cancer in heavy smokers, it is important to take the proper preventative measures against lung cancer:

 

1Don’t Smoke! While one of main things we want to change is the stigma of lung cancer being a ‘smoker’s disease’, we really can’t ignore the fact that 80% of the victims with lung cancer are or have been smokers in their lifetime. Just imagine if the number of people who started smoking was cut in half. That would save more than 64,000 people per year in the future!

 

2Quit Smoking!  Do you want to quit but don’t know how?  TobaccoFree.org did a study trying to find the best assistance programs in the US designed to help people quit smoking. You can find them by clicking here!

 

3Avoid Secondhand Smoke.  Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous because, unlike the smoker, the bystander does not have a filter to breathe through.  If your city/state hasn’t passed a no smoking law for restaurants or bars, urge them to do so.

 

4Test Your Home For Radon.  According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, radon “comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe.” Do-it-yourself radon tests are sold at some hardware stores or online. If you would rather have it professionally done, you can contact your state radon office to get a listing of qualified radon testers in your area.

 

5BE HEALTHLY! It doesn’t take a scientist to determine that eating more fruits and vegetables and getting more exercise will make you healthier. But can taking those two little steps actually help prevent cancer?  Absolutely!  Click here for information on how eating right and exercising can prevent cancer!