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From Quitting Smoking To Getting Vaccinated: Here Are Some Preventive Measures For Lung Cancer

While lung cancer remains a significant health challenge, incorporating preventive tips into your lifestyle can reduce the risk. 

Sambhav Kumar
Written by: Sambhav KumarUpdated at: Jul 10, 2023 13:53 IST
 From Quitting Smoking To Getting Vaccinated: Here Are Some Preventive Measures For Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the lungs' cells. It is one of the most prevalent kinds of cancer in the world and the top cause of cancer fatalities. Lung cancer develops when normal lung cells suffer aberrant alterations and begin to grow and divide in an uncontrollable manner, resulting in the formation of a tumour or tumour.  

While smoking remains the leading cause, it's important to note that non-smokers and passive smokers can also develop lung cancer. Fortunately, there are several preventive measures that individuals can take to reduce their risk of developing this deadly disease. 

According to WHO, lung cancer is the main cause of cancer deaths globally, accounting for 1.80 million deaths in 2020. Here are ten preventative tips for lung cancer that can help you take control of your respiratory health.

In an interaction with OnlyMyHealth, Dr Sanketh Kotne, Consultant Medical Oncologist, HCG Cancer Centre Vizag, shares 10 preventive tips for lung cancer. 

Preventive Tips For Lung Cancer 

1. Quit Smoking

Smoking is the most significant risk factor for lung cancer. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your lung health. Seek professional help, use nicotine replacement therapies, or join support groups to increase your chances of successfully quitting.

2. Avoid Second-hand Smoke

Exposure to second-hand smoke is a significant risk factor for lung cancer. Make your home and car smoke-free zones and avoid places where smoking is allowed. Encourage your loved ones to quit smoking or to smoke away from you.

3. Test for Radon

Radon is a colourless, odourless gas that can seep into homes through the ground. Long-term exposure to high levels of radon increases the risk of lung cancer. Test your home for radon and, if necessary, take steps to reduce its levels, such as sealing cracks in floors and walls.

4. Protect Yourself from Occupational Hazards

Certain occupations, such as construction, mining, and manufacturing, expose workers to hazardous substances like asbestos, silica, and diesel exhaust. Follow safety guidelines, use appropriate protective equipment, and ensure proper ventilation to minimise exposure.

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5. Prioritise Air Quality

Indoor and outdoor air pollution can contribute to lung cancer risk. Avoid exercising or spending extended periods in areas with heavy pollution. Invest in air purifiers for your home, particularly in urban or industrial areas with high pollution levels.

6. Eat a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can help reduce the risk of various cancers, including lung cancer. According to Dr Kotne, antioxidant-rich foods like berries, spinach, and tomatoes may provide protective benefits.

7. Engage in Regular Physical Activity

Physical activity not only improves overall health but also helps reduce the risk of developing lung cancer. Each week, try to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of strenuous activity.

8. Stay Hydrated

Drinking adequate water can help maintain healthy lung function. Proper hydration helps moisten lung tissues, promoting efficient respiratory function and reducing the risk of lung problems.

9. Get Vaccinated

Certain infections, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the hepatitis B and C viruses, have been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer. Protect yourself by getting vaccinated against these viruses, as recommended.

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10. Regular Health Check-ups

Regular check-ups with your healthcare provider can help detect lung cancer or other respiratory conditions in their early stages. Discuss your risk factors and concerns and follow recommended screening guidelines for early detection.

While lung cancer remains a significant health challenge, incorporating these preventive tips into your lifestyle can reduce your risk and help you take control of your respiratory health. It's never too late to make positive lifestyle changes and protect yourself from this devastating disease. Stay informed, make healthy choices, and encourage others to do the same.