About Lung Cancer

About Lung Cancer

Understand the basics of lung cancer, diagnosis and different treatment options

Lung Cancer Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that affects a person’s chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed. Others, like a person’s age or family history, cannot be changed.7


Having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that a person will get the disease. And some people who get the disease may have few or no known risk factors. Several lung cancer risk factors can make a person more likely to develop the disease.7


Lung cancer risk factors may include:7


- Tobacco smoke

- Secondhand smoke

- Exposure to radon

- Exposure to asbestos

- Exposure to other cancer-causing agents in the workplace 

  • Radioactive ores such as uranium
  • Inhaled chemicals or minerals such as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, silica, vinyl chloride, nickel compounds, chromium compounds, coal products, mustard gas, and chloromethyl ethers
  • Diesel exhaust

- Air pollution

- Arsenic in drinking water

- Previous radiation therapy to the lungs

- Personal or family history of lung cancer






7. ACS. Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/CRC/PDF/Public/8704.00.pdf. Accessed: 2 May 2019.