What is Lung Cancer?
According to the American Cancer Society, this year nearly 175,000 Americans will learn they have lung cancer. Smoking greatly increases your chances of developing lung cancer. Other risk factors include exposure to substances like second-hand smoke, arsenic, some organic chemicals, radon, asbestos, air pollution and tuberculosis.
If you quit smoking, the health benefits begin immediately.
For patients with lung cancer, quitting smoking makes treatment more effective.
Quitting smoking also reduces the risks of infections, such as pneumonia, improves breathing and reduces the risks associated with surgery.
To learn how to quit tobacco, talk to your doctor or visit smokefree.gov.