3 Unexpected Causes of Lung Cancer

3 Unexpected Causes of Lung Cancer

The air in your home, workplace and neighborhood can significantly contribute to your health.

When it comes to lung cancer, most of us think it’s something only smokers have to fear. And by and large, this is the case.

For those who don’t smoke though, if you’re living with these 4 more uncommon causes, you could be putting yourself at risk. Is it worth it? Not really.

If you’re exposed on a regular basis to the following 3 causes of lung cancer, consider making changes for a cancer-free future.

1) Radon in Your Home

Radon gas is something that’s emitted from the soil and can seep into your home. Every home has some of it, but the key is knowing how much is there. Certain levels can be toxic.

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Buy a radon gas long-term test kit to find out if you’re being exposed to this odorless, invisible pollutant at high levels or not. The good news is, you can rid your home of it. Just have vents installed to pipe it back out of the home, and you’ll be living in a safe environment.

2) Second-Hand Smoke

Most of us know that being exposed to second-hand smoke is bad for us. Few of us consider the fact that constant exposure could actually give us cancer.

Nonsmokers who live with a smoker have a 24% increase in their risk of developing lung cancer- enough to get your partner to smoke outside, or to find a new roommate.

3) Air Pollution

Unclean air can do more than give you dirty windows and a cough. Studies have shown that breathing in polluted air over the long term is a cancer contributor. Very few people- about 1%- develop cancer as a direct result of air pollution, but living with clear skies is always a good bet.

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