Who is at risk of lung cancer?

Smokers:

  • Current and former smokers who are over the age of 50 with a smoking history of at least a half pack to three packs a day for 25 to 55 years.

Non-smokers:

  • People exposed to asbestos, radon, radiation, or agent orange which increases the risk for mesothelioma and doubles the risk of lung cancer in a smoker
  • Those who’ve had significant exposure to secondhand smoke
  • People exposed to cancer-causing agents. E.g.: a nuclear work environment, battlefield emissions, or herbicides
  • Those with a first-degree relative who has had lung cancer, especially if contracted at a young age
  • Those who have had a family member diagnosed with lung cancer

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