Lung Cancer Awareness

Lung Cancer Awareness

Lung Cancer Awareness

Photo of a person refusing a cigarette


Lung cancer is the leading
cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both
men and women in the United States.

The most important thing you can do to lower your lung
cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.

For help quitting, visit, call 1 (800)
QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text “QUIT” to 47848 from your cell

What You Can Do to Lower Your Risk

You can help lower your risk of lung cancer in the following

  • Don’t smoke. The most important thing you can
    do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to


    quit if you smoke.

  • Avoid secondhand smoke. Smoke from other
    people’s cigarettes, pipes, or cigars is called


    secondhand smoke. Make your home and car smoke-free.

  • Get your home tested
    for radon.
    The second leading cause of lung cancer is
    radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and
    dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings.

Fast Facts

  • Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are told
    they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this
  • About 90% of lung cancers are linked with cigarette
  • When a person breathes in secondhand smoke, it is like he or
    she is smoking. In the United States, about 7,300 people who never
    smoked die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke every
  • After increasing for decades, lung cancer rates are decreasing
    nationally, as fewer people smoke cigarettes.
  • Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body. Smoking
    causes cancers of the lung, mouth, nose, throat, voicebox (larynx),
    esophagus, liver, bladder, kidney, pancreas, colon, rectum, cervix,
    stomach, blood, and bone marrow (acute myeloid leukemia).
  • Screening
    is recommended for people at high risk of getting lung cancer
    because of their smoking history and age. Ask your doctor if lung
    cancer screening is right for you. Lung cancer screening is not a
    substitute for quitting smoking.

Featured Resources

Lung Cancer in African-American Men infographic


Cancer in African-American Men” infographic
African-American men to quit smoking to protect themselves and
their families from lung cancer.

Lung Cancer Disease of the Week

Test your knowledge about lung cancer with a simple quiz on our

Disease of the Week application!

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Good Alternatives to Cigarettes” podcast
discusses the
increasing use of non-cigarette forms of smoked tobacco.

Radon promising practices brief


Household Radon promising practices brief
explains what can be done to reduce lung cancer
deaths caused by radon in homes.

When Smoking Affects Your Family, It’s Personal video

Almost everyone has lost a friend or relative from tobacco use.

“When Smoking Affects Your Family, It’s Personal” explores some
of those personal stories.

Cancer: Why the Numbers Are Personal

In this

CDC scientist Jane Henley shares her mother’s story: “My
mother tried to quit smoking cigarettes almost every day of her
life. After her diagnosis, she did succeed and stayed smoke-free
until her last breath, 14 months later.”

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