Thoracic Oncology Program
Lung Cancer Awareness
PreventionAccording to the American Cancer Society, there is strong evidence that an individual's risk of developing cancer can be substantially reduced by healthy behavior:
- not using tobacco
- getting sufficient physical activity
- eating healthy foods in moderation
- participating in cancer screenings according to recommended guidelines
The American Cancer Society also estimates that tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths. In addition, approximately one-third of cancer deaths in 2012 were attributed to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity. If we can effectively promote healthy behaviors, much of the suffering and death from cancer can be prevented or reduced.
Source: American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures - 2012 [PDF]
Don't Smoke? Don't Start!
According to the National Cancer Institute people who stop smoking and never start again lower their risk of developing lung cancer or of having it
Are you a smoker? Start Quitting Now!
Many products, such as nicotine gum, nicotine sprays, nicotine inhalers, nicotine patches, or nicotine lozenges, as well as antidepressant drugs, may be helpful to people trying to quit smoking.