Yes, even if you’ve never touched a cigarette! Because smoking is not the only risk factor for this disease.
Here’s something many people don’t know: Lung cancer takes more lives every year than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined, making it the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. “There’s a stigma associated with it because of the link to smoking,” says David Cooke, M.D., head of general thoracic surgery at the University of California, Davis. However, anyone with lungs has some degree of risk. These are common misconceptions about the disease, and the facts that can protect your health.
MYTH: Only people who smoke get lung cancer.
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