Cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor! And that risk increases with the quantity and the duration of cigarette consumption.
Cigar and pipe smoking also increases your risk, as does the use of chewing tobacco, which is also implicated in a number of other types
|Secondhand Tobacco Smoker||Secondhand tobacco smoke comes from burning cigarettes or other tobacco products, or is exhaled by smokers. When you inhale secondhand smoke, you are exposed to the same cancer-causing agents as smokers, although in smaller amounts.|
|Alcohol Use||Drinking large amounts is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer.|
|Beta Carotene Supplements in Heavy Smokers||Taking beta-carotene supplements (pills) can increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers who smoke one or more packs a day. The risk is higher in smokers who also drink one or more alcoholic drinks every day.|
|History of Tuberculosis||History of tuberculosis is a potential risk factor for certain types of lung cancer.|
Genetic susceptibility plays a contributing role in the development of lung cancer, especially in those who develop the disease at
a younger age.
|Age||About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are older than 65. Less than 3% of all diagnoses are made in people younger than 45.|
Presented as a public service by the ASIAN FUND FOR CANCER RESEARCH.