Avoid Exposure to Cancer-Causing Substances

Avoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer. Suggestions include:

    
  • Don’t smoke . If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit . Your risk of lung cancer decreases markedly and by 15 years is equal to that of non-smokers.
  • Avoid places where people are smoking.
  • Test your home for radon gases and asbestos. If these substances are in your home, have them removed.
  • Use protective gear if you must work around asbestos or other occupational hazards.
  • Eat a Healthful Diet

    Making changes in your diet may help reduce your risk of lung cancer. Changes that may help include:

        
  • Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Eating less red meat and more poultry.
  • If you are a smoker, talk to your doctor about quitting. The benefits of quitting smoking are much greater than the benefits gained from dietary changes alone.