Fast Facts

• Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

• Each year, about 218,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this disease.

• In the United States, about 7,300 people who never smoked die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke exposure every year.

• Different people have different symptoms for lung cancer. Most people with lung cancer don't have symptoms until the cancer is advanced.

• Health care providers and state and local communities can play important roles in helping people lower their lung cancer risk.

You can lower your lung cancer risk

Don't Smoke, and Avoid Secondhand Smoke

The most important thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to not start smoking, or to quit if you smoke. For help quitting, visit Smokefree.gov or call 1 (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669), or text "QUIT" to 47848 from your cell phone.

Smoke from other people's cigarettes, pipes, or cigars is called secondhand smoke. Make your home and car smoke-free.

Get your home tested for radon

The second leading cause of lung cancer is radon, a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings.

Is lung cancer screening right for you?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT scan) for people who:

• Have a history of heavy smoking, and

• Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and

• Are between 55 and 80 years old.

Lung cancer screening has risks. That is why lung cancer screening is recommended only for adults who have no symptoms but who are at high risk for developing the disease because of their smoking history and age.

If you are thinking about getting screened, talk to your doctor. Lung cancer screening is not a substitute for quitting smoking.