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Facts about lung cancer prevention
1. The number one cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking. Someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day has fully twenty-five times greater chances of getting lung cancer as compared to a non-smoker. Therefore, the simplest way to prevent lung cancer -- avoid smoking. If you are a smoker, quit smoking.

2. Passive smoking -- inhaling second-hand smoke from smokers in the vicinity -- is another leading cause of lung cancer. If there is a smoker in the household, the other household members have a 24% greater risk of developing the disease than the general population. Active and passive smoking together account for about 85% of all lung cancer cases in the United States. Prevention tip -- get the smoker to stop smoking. At least, get him or her to stop smoking in the house.

3. The gas called radon causes about 12% of all lung cancer cases. Have your house tested for radon levels. It is impossible to detect the gas without testing -- radon is colorless and odorless.

4. Polluted air is another risk factor in developing this disease. Do all you can to avoid exposure to heavily polluted air.

5. Research published in October 2005 in Lancet, a British medical journal, suggests that eating cruciferous vegetables like cabbages and broccoli can help prevent lung cancer. Consumption of this group of vegetables at least once a week was found to have a protective effect against cancer.

Facts about lung cancer and women
6. Women tend to have a higher susceptibility to developing lung cancer. Every year, the numbers of women who die from lung cancer exceed those who succumb to breast cancer.

7. Hormonal and metabolic differences between men and women are thought to explain -- in part, at least -- the heightened susceptibility of women to this disease.

8. Women smokers have a greater chance of developing lung cancer than men smokers. Even women who have never smoked in their lives have a greater chance of developing the disease than men who have never smoked.

Other facts about lung cancer
9. Lung cancer is the single biggest cause of cancer deaths -- it accounts for 30% of cancer deaths in the United States.

10. The five year survival rate for this disease is as low as 15%. In contrast, the five year survival rate for prostate cancer is 92% and that for breast cancer is 87%.

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