What Are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?by Eileen Bailey Health Writer
Don’t forget second hand smoke, too
Exposure to smoke from other people’s smoking can increase your risk of lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent, according to the Lung Cancer Alliance. It's estimated that more than 3,000 people per year die from lung cancer due to second hand smoke.
Radon is lung cancer risk factor
Exposure to radon makes it more likely you will develop lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Radon is naturally occurring radioactive gas that occurs when soil and rocks break down. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is the leading cause among non-smokers.
Asbestos exposure can raise your lung cancer risk
People who work with asbestos are several times more likely to die of lung cancer as compared to those who do not. Asbestos is found in mines, mills, textile plants, places where insulation is used, and shipyards. People exposed to asbestos are at a high risk of developing a type of lung cancer called mesothelioma.
Industrial chemicals: Not good for lung cancer risk
Some occupations may increase your risk of developing lung cancer. According to the Lung Cancer Alliance, exposure to chemicals used in aluminum and coke production, hairdressing, underground hematite mining, iron and steel founding, painting, production of art glass and glass containers, and the rubber industry can cause lung cancer.
Environmental hazards are also a risk factor in lung cancer
Had tuberculosis? You’re at a higher lung cancer risk
Tuberculosis can cause scarring of lung tissue, which may increase your risk of developing lung cancer, according to LungCancer.org.
Previous radiation treatment can raise your lung cancer risk
Military service: Even this raises your lung cancer risk
Those who serve in the military have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than the general public. This may because of exposure to asbestos; defoliants; herbicides such as Agent Orange; fuel exhaust; smoke from burning oil wells; kerosene cookers; heaters in enclosed tents; and other battlefield emissions.