- By Laurel Kelly
Consumer Health: Preventing lung cancer
February is National Cancer Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn about what you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. Lung cancer claims more lives each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Although the disease can occur in people who have never smoked, people who smoke or have smoked have the greatest risk of lung cancer.
Lung cancer screening is a process that's used to detect the presence of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people with a high risk of lung cancer. Lung cancer screening is recommended for older adults who are longtime smokers, and who don't have any signs or symptoms of lung cancer.
Quitting smoking is one of the best things that you can do for your health. And it's never too late to quit smoking, even after a cancer diagnosis. Learn more about the connection between lung cancer and smoking, and what you can do to keep yourself healthy.