You can lower your risk of cancer by committing to practices that build a healthy lifestyle. These recommendations can lower your risk for this disease, as well as improve your overall basic health.
Avoid using tobacco products. Tobacco has been tied to multiple cancers, and it is responsible for 90 percent of lung cancer deaths.
Stay physically active. Your physical activity is related to risk for colon and breast cancer. Excess weight gained from inactivity increases the risk of multiple cancers.
Limit alcohol consumption. It is important to be mindful of your alcohol consumption. Alcohol intake, even in moderate amounts, can increase the risk for colon, breast, esophageal, and oropharyngeal cancer.
It is always beneficial to be proactive in understanding your health. Learn more about our Cancer Screening Program and events.
Exposure to high levels of radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United State, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is recommended that you have a radon gas home test available to check your home’s radon levels.
Radon is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas formed through decay of uranium, thorium, and radium in rocks and soils. It is present in nearly all air, and everyone breathes it in every day, typically at very low levels. But if excessive radon gases enter your home through cracks in floors, walls, or foundations, they can raise to levels that become detrimental to your health.
Learn more about radon’s effect on lung cancer with this NCI Fact Sheet.