Research has identified several risk factors associated with developing lung cancer, including both genetic predispositions and environmental influences. While these factors may increase the likelihood, having one or more risk factors does not necessarily mean an individual will eventually develop cancer. However, understanding your individual risk and making lifestyle changes that can minimize this risk as much as possible can help you prevent cancer. For residents of Clearwater, Florida, the information, screening and treatment services they may need can be found at Moffitt Cancer Center, located nearby in Tampa.
The single, largest risk factor that can lead to lung cancer is smoking, and this risk increases with the length of time an individual has been a smoker and how heavy a smoker he or she is. This risk can also decrease if the individual quits smoking. Other risk factors include exposure to chemicals and substances, such as:
- Diesel fumes
- Air pollution
- Coal products
- Secondhand smoke
- Other carcinogens
Individuals with a personal or family history of lung cancer, those who have previously had radiation therapy in the chest area and those who take beta carotene supplements also have an increased risk of developing lung cancer. At Moffitt, we help our patients understand their individual risk and provide screening services to those who are at the highest risk. Individuals from Clearwater, FL, and other nearby areas who are long-time smokers, should consider our lung cancer screening program. We have been recognized as a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.
To learn more about your individual lung cancer risk factors, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. Moffitt Cancer Center welcomes patients from Clearwater, FL, and does not require a referral to schedule an appointment.