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How to reduce your lung cancer risk

Idaho Radon Services
February 5, 2024
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Cancer is a disease that impacts millions of people throughout the world, and lung cancer is the most deadly type. While the cause of cancer is not always known, there are simple steps you can take to reduce the risk of the two leading causes of lung cancer in Idaho: smoking and radon. 

Preventing lung cancer in Idaho

Both leading causes of lung cancer are almost entirely preventable. While unintentional secondhand smoke increases your risk of lung cancer, especially if it’s consistent, you can still significantly reduce your (and your loved ones’) risk of lung cancer if you never pick up smoking yourself. Already a smoker? You can find help quitting smoking on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.

The second leading cause of lung cancer may surprise you, given that it’s not a commonly known carcinogen. Radon is a radioactive gas that rises from the ground when uranium decays. In Idaho, over 55% of homes tested by Idaho Radon Services tested high for radon, and most people don’t know they have high radon levels because their senses can’t detect it.

To reduce your risk of lung cancer, leading healthcare agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization, recommend testing your home for radon. If your home tests high, a radon mitigation system can be installed to reduce the level indoors, which reduces your risk of lung cancer.

Roughly 21,000 Americans die annually from lung cancer, but you can take steps to prevent, and reduce, the number of deaths. To get started, click here to get a free radon test sent directly to your home.

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