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Lungs are two spongy organs in our chest that intake oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Uncontrolled growth of cells in the lungs leads to lung cancer. In India, lung cancer is usually common cancer in Indian men, but a fair number of women also suffer from this disease. It is well known that people who smoke frequently are at the highest risk of getting lung cancer, but the disease can also occur in people who never smoked or are exposed to second-hand smoking. It is said that the risk of lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes, one smokes. Hence, it is essential to quit smoking today, to reduce your chances of getting lung cancer

Apart from smoking, there are several other factors which can lead to lung cancer.

Some other Lung Cancer Factors have been explained below:

Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the biggest lung cancer factors. In India, cigarette smoking is linked to most of the lung cancer deaths. You may know it or not but the cigarettes you smoke are a toxic mix of many harmful chemicals. Many of them are poisonous. Research has shown that out of them, at least 70 can cause cancer. Smokers have greater chances to die of lung cancer than non-smokers. Not only lung cancer but smoking can cause other cancers too including mouth and throat, trachea, oesophagus, liver, pancreas, stomach, bronchus, kidney and renal pelvis, colon, rectum, urinary bladder, and cervix.

Second-hand Smoking

To higher the risk of lung cancer, you don’t always have to smoke. If you stand by smokers all the time and inhale smokes from other people’s cigarettes, pipes, or cigars, you can also get lung cancer. Continuously breathing second-hand smoke is just similar to direct smoke.

Radon

Surprisingly, in India, exposure to natural airborne radon causes cancer. Radon is a natural gas that emanates from rocks and dirt. The gas gets trapped in buildings and cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Food habits

Research has shown that unhealthy food habits not only affect our health negatively but also causes cancer. Eating too much junk food increases the risk of developing lung cancer and many other cancers. Further, wrapping, carrying or using plastic for storing food increases the chances of getting cancer. Moreover, in India arsenic is greatly found in well waters in various parts of this country. Consuming arsenic in drinking water regularly also increases the chances of developing lung cancer.

Personal or Family History of Lung Cancer

It has been seen that lung cancer survivors have a greater risk of developing another lung cancer. Smokers are more prone to get such recurrent lung cancer. Also, it has been seen that people who have a family history of lung cancer are at a greater risk of developing one.

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