Lung cancer is the second most dangerous type other than colon, breast and prostate cancer. Like other cancer types, it is fatal if not treated properly. The best thing you can do is to prevent it from happening at the first place by learning about these 3 risk factors below.
If you do these 3, you are in danger of developing the cancer yourself.
Inhaling second hand smoke
If you think that inhaling your buddy’s second hand smoke is fine, think again, very seriously. Second hand smoke, according to EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is a legitimate cause of causing lung cancer in humans. It is considered as a mixture of smoke that is given off by the burning cigarette and smoke exhaled from your buddy’s lungs. Therefore, this causes twice the damage. Did you also know that second hand smoke killed 3,000 people yearly in the US? When you inhale this smoke indirectly, you are causing direct damage to your cardiovascular system.
The older you are, the higher the risk
This is simple mathematics. The older you are, the more cigarettes and second hand smoke you are exposed to. Therefore, your chances are greater to get the disease. Most people have lung cancer at the age after 40.
If your family has it, you probably have it too
Why is this? People who have first-degree relatives with the cancer are at a higher risk. These first-degree relatives include your mother, father, brother or sister. After all, it is a hereditary disease. The disease is linked to mutations in the genetic cells, which explains why it can be inherited.