Quit Smoking: Reduce Your Risk of Lung Cancer

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By Erik Augustson, PhD, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

How much do you know about lung cancer? For example, did you know lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women in the U.S.? And smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths. In fact, more women die from lung cancer each year than breast cancer.

The great news is that smoking-related lung cancer is preventable. The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is to quit smoking. About 1 in 5 American adults smoke cigarettes.  More than half of all adult smokers have quit and you can too, starting this month!

Quitting smoking can be tough, but you’re more likely to succeed with support. That means, it’s okay to ask for help! The National Cancer Institute created the Smokefree.gov initiative with a wide range of resources to help you (and your family and friends) quit smoking. No matter where you are in your quit smoking journey, we can help.

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