Common Causes of Lung Cancer

Common Causes of Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer is a serious health problem that can occur to both men and women. It is considered as the leading cause of cancer related deaths in men and it is the second largest cause of cancer related death on women. Lung cancer is caused by different factors other than smoking. These are some of the most common causes of lung cancer.

First is smoking cigarette. It is the most common cause of lung cancer. If a person smokes two packs of cigarette or more every day, there is a one out of seven chance of developing lung cancer in a few years. People who smoke one pack of cigarette per day have a 25 percent greater chance of having lung cancer than the people who does not smoke. The people who also use cigar and pipe have a five percent chance of developing lung cancer than a non-smoker.

The risk of developing lung cancer depends on the number of cigarettes that you smoked throughout your life. Smoking cigarettes will damage the cells on your lungs. Your lungs will heal themselves if you stop smoking cigarettes. The damaged cells will be replaced by new ones.

Second is secondhand smoke. It is also known as passive smoking. People who are exposed to passive smoking will have higher risks of having lung cancer even if they do not smoke. If you live with a smoker, there is a 24 percent chance that you will develop lung cancer.

Third is exposure to asbestos. Exposure to this kind of material will result to lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the pleural lining of the lungs. A non-smoker who is exposed to asbestos materials has a five times greater risk of having lung cancer compared to non-smokers that are not exposed to the material.

Fourth is radon gas. Studies said that almost 12 percent of all the lung cancer deaths are due to radon gas. It is a colorless and odorless gas that is a byproduct of uranium.

Fifth is air pollution. Studies show that one percent of all the lung cancer deaths are caused by air pollution. Prolonged exposure to air pollution can increase the risk of having lung cancer.

These are some of the common causes of lung cancer. You must be aware of these causes to prevent the development of lung cancer.

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Jeremy De Leon graduated in University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor''s Degree in Information Management. He is an article writer working in Lexorsoft. He loves playing computer games particularly online games. Jeremy is fond of reading books about history and likes to watch science fiction movies.