Ten Things Every Woman Should Know About Lung Cancer

1. Lung cancer affects women differently than men, and young women (under 40) are at greater risk for developing lung cancer than young men.

2. More women die of lung cancer than any other cancer, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancers combined. Smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer, so if you smoke, quit.

3. Your risk of lung cancer continues to decline with every year you don’t smoke. However, if you used to smoke, you remain at increased risk for lung cancer for at least 20 years after you quit.

4. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, so if you live in an area with high levels of radium in the bedrock, have your house tested for radon exposure. To find out more, go to http://www.epa.gov/iaq/radon/zonemap.html.

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