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We don't always know what causes lung cancer. However, it is important to understand certain causes and risk factors for developing lung cancer.
Some risk factors, like personal and family history, you can't control. Others are within your power to change. For example, quitting smoking is something you can do to dramatically lower your risk of getting lung cancer.
Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer. Tobacco smoke causes nearly nine out of 10 cases of lung cancer. Some important tobacco facts:
Secondhand smoke is also a risk factor. Even if you don't smoke, but you breathe the smoke of others, you are at a higher risk for lung cancer. Non-smoking spouses who live with a smoker have about a 20 to 30 percent greater risk of developing lung cancer than do spouses of non-smokers. Non-smokers exposed to tobacco smoke in the workplace are also more likely to get lung cancer
In addition to tobacco smoke, other risk factors for lung cancer include:
Lung cancer screenings are now covered by Medicare. Early detection could save your life, or the life of someone you love. See if you’re eligible.