Preventing lung cancer involves more than just avoiding or quitting smoking. Studies show that about fifty percent of those who develop this disease don’t smoke regularly, which means there are other factors involved in its prevalence. Below are some additional measures you can take to prevent this disease along with other forms of cancer.
Avoid Exposure To Asbestos
About 30 percent of men who develop this disease acquire it through their occupation. Certain jobs, particularly those involving construction or chemicals may expose you to asbestos. Asbestos is a silicate mineral that has been mined for many years, and in the past was popular in building construction due to its tensile strength, fire resistance, and ability to absorb sound.
However, by the late 20th century experts discovered that those who inhaled it could develop a variety of diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Although laws have been passed prohibiting its use in construction, older buildings were constructed using it, and those who remodel these structures are at risk. Furthermore, certain jurisdictions, particularly those in developing countries, may not have the same regulations and may continue using it despite the dangers. Employers should therefore provide their employees with a Material Safety Sheet to inform them of any chemicals they might be exposed to while at work.
Stay Away From Second Hand Smoke
Research indicates that second hand smoke is the cause of approximately three thousand lung cancer cases every year just in the USA. Second hand smoke occurs when someone who is not smoking is in the same vicinity of someone that is, and they inhale the smoke as a result. Those who live with someone who smokes have a thirty percent higher chance of contracting lung cancer at some point in their lives. Most public facilities in major cities now prohibit smoking indoors, with the exception of designated areas where the practice is allowed.
Perform A Radon Inspection Of Your Residence
Every homeowner should perform a radon inspection, as radon is one of the top culprits of lung cancer among those who do not smoke. Radon is a type of gas which is odorless and which is the byproduct of uranium deterioration underground. High levels of radon have been discovered both in American residences as well as residences worldwide. Without a professional inspection radon is very difficult to detect. Those planning to buy a house should include a radon test as part of their standard inspection.
Most people are aware of the benefits of physical exercise, yet few engage in it regularly. This largely stems from laziness, a lack of knowledge or the perception that one is simply too busy to set aside the time. However, physical fitness is one of the best ways to protect your body from both lung cancer and other diseases. A man or woman who exercises regularly will have a stronger immune system which means they will be able to ward off disease and aging much more effectively than someone who does not.
It is not necessary to pay for a monthly gym membership or spend lots of money on overpriced exercise equipment. Activities as simple as walking, jogging, riding a bike or doing pushups and sit ups can be a great way to strengthen the body.
Consume More Green Tea While Reducing Alcohol Intake
Green tea is very popular in Asia and has recently experienced a surge of popularity in the West due to its many health benefits. Research conducted on it has indicated that it is capable of shielding the cells from the damage which results from smoking, and that those who consume it regularly had a much lower of risk of developing cancer.
At the same time, certain alcoholic beverages should be curtailed. Men who regularly drink hard liquor and beer were found to have a greater risk of contracting cancer. Red wine is an exception, as drinking it moderately can actually lower the chance of getting the disease, similar to green tea and green smoothies.
Don’t Depend On Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements are popular among many people, especially those who are health enthusiasts. Many advertisements make it appear that these supplements are effective in the prevention of various forms of cancer, but in reality, research has shown the opposite, that consumption of certain supplements can actually increase one’s risk of getting cancer. Specifically, supplements such as vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein and retinol have become the topic of concern. Therefore, if you’re contemplating using these supplements, be sure to speak with your doctor or a nutritionist who can help you make the best decision.
Add More Vegetables And Fruit To Your Diet
The foods you put in your body regularly will increase or decrease your likelihood of developing this cancer. A diet rich in vegetables and fruit is best, and according to experts, variety is more important than the amount which is consumed. Generally speaking, the greater variety of color you have in the foods you buy, the better. If most of the food you buy at the grocery store is similar in color, then your diet is unhealthy. The best cancer prevention foods include onions, broccoli, apples, tomatoes and oranges. At the same time, you want to cut down on processed meats, as they are rich in inorganic phosphates that may increase your cancer risk.
Inspect The Products That You Use In Your Home
You may unknowingly be using products at home which have chemicals which increase your risk of contracting lung cancer. Many of these products will be found in either your garage or beneath the sink. Take time to review the labels of everyday household goods and be sure to read the instructions regarding their proper usage. Wood burning stoves have been known to raise one’s risk of developing cancer, as are fireplaces when they are not properly maintained.