Lung Cancer Prevention

What is being done by public health officials to prevent lung cancer?

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  • Public health officials are attempting to prevent lung cancer by reducing exposure to substances known to be important in the development of lung cancer. The most important of these risk factors is exposure to tobacco smoke either directly in the case of smokers or indirectly in the form of second-hand exposure to other people's smoke. Public information campaigns aimed at encouraging people to quit smoking (or to never start) are widespread. Many communities are outlawing smoking in bars, restaurants and office buildings. Finally, there are also a many federal, state and local government program to provide assistance in efforts to quit smoking.

    However there are other recognized risk factors and efforts to minimize exposure to those agents are ongoing as well. Public health officials limit exposure to chemicals known or suspected to cause lung cancer (uranium, arsenic, vinyl chloride, nickel chromates, coal products, mustard gas and chloromethyl ethers). Also, asbestos is regulated by state and federal governments to limit the exposure risk. Radon gas, the second leading risk factor in the development of lung cancer, is a naturally occurring product of the decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. It can move up through the ground to the air above and enter your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. In addition to encouraging radon testing, public health officials also monitor radon gas in schools, childcare facilities, and in the workplace.
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