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Your smoking history means lung cancer screening is not
currently recommended for you.
Lung cancer screening is normally offered to people who have a 20 pack-year smoking history. This means smoking one pack a day for 20 years, or two packs a day for 10 years.
Talk to your doctor about how to quit smoking and be aware of lung cancer symptoms.
It’s never too late to quit smoking.
The best way to lower your risk for lung cancer is to quit smoking today. Up to 80% of lung cancers are caused by smoking.
If you’ve already quit, congratulations. If you’re still trying to quit, research shows that using a combination of medication and counseling will double your chances of success.
Quitting at any age improves your health and reduces your risk for disease.
Talk to your doctor about quitting or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Know your body and be aware of lung cancer symptoms.
Talk to your doctor right away if you:
- have a cough that lasts more than six weeks,
- are diagnosed with asthma as an adult,
- have a cough that produces blood or rust-colored phlegm,
- or experience unexplained weight loss.
These are not the only symptoms of lung cancer, others include constant chest pain, arm or shoulder pain, shortness of breath, repeated episodes of pneumonia or bronchitis, swelling of the neck and face and widening of the fingertips.
Make healthy lifestyle choices.
Research shows that more than 50% of cancers can be prevented by healthy lifestyle choices. As well as not smoking or using tobacco, eat a healthy diet and exercise.
Fill two thirds of every meal with vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts and seeds. Fill the remaining third with lean protein like chicken, fish or plant-based proteins.
Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.
Here are all the ways you can reduce your cancer risk.
This calculator is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice. Results should be considered in combination with advice from your doctor.
Smoking is on the decline. But if you are one of the 38 million Americans still smoking daily, you probably know how hard it is to quit.
The majority of smokers – 70% -- report that they want to stop smoking. Of those, 50% say they tried to quit in the previous year. Only 7% succeed.
There is plenty of reason to seek relief from nicotine addiction: Tobacco use accounts for about one-third of all cancers, and 90% of lung cancer cases. It also contributes to heart disease, stroke and lung disease.
So what's the best way to quit smoking?
"The best way to quit smoking is with a combination of medication and counseling," says Maher Karam-Hage, M.D., medical director of the Tobacco Treatment Program at MD Anderson. "They both help. But you double your chances by using both compared with one of them."
Tobacco Research and Treatment Program
MD Anderson offers free smoking cessation services to patients and employees.
Cancer Prevention Center
The Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center provides cancer risk assessment, screening and diagnostic services.