Lung Cancer Awareness
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
smokefree.gov, 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.
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).
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.
Cancer in African-American Men” infographic encourages
African-American men to quit smoking to protect themselves and
their families from lung cancer.
Test your knowledge about lung cancer with a simple quiz on our
Good Alternatives to Cigarettes” podcast discusses the
increasing use of non-cigarette forms of smoked tobacco.
Household Radon promising practices brief
[PDF-494KB] explains what can be done to reduce lung cancer
deaths caused by radon in homes.
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.