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What increases my risk for non-small cell cancer?

The one thing that will seriously increase your risk for non-small cell cancer is smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke - approximately 85% of all lung cancer cases are due to smoking.

Although it is not known exactly what else increases your risk for lung cancer, there are a few likely candidates. Some additional risk factors are if you have a family history of lung cancer or if you drink excessively. Exposure to certain cancer-causing chemicals such as radon, asbestos, mustard gas, cigar smoke, and radiation can also increase your risk for non-small cell cancer. Rarely, people who have had other lung problems, like tuberculosis, may also be at a higher risk for non-small cell lung cancer.

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