By far, one of the leading risk factors for lung cancer is smoking. An individual’s risk of developing lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes they smoke per day, as well as the number of years they have smoked. Additionally, this risk can decrease if they stop smoking. The carcinogens in cigarettes are not only harmful for smokers, but also those around them, as secondhand smoke is a risk factor for developing lung cancer. To help diagnose and treat lung cancer in its earliest stages, the experts at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, can meet with patients to determine their lung cancer risk factors and take an appropriate course of action. Those who are long-time smokers, for example, may benefit from our lung cancer screening program. Moffitt has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance, a designation that speaks directly to the high caliber of our lung cancer screening program.
In addition to smoking, some other factors that experts believe heighten an individual’s risk of developing lung cancer include:
- A personal history of lung cancer
- A family history of lung cancer
- Having received radiation therapy to the chest, such as for breast cancer or Hodgkin disease
- Exposure to environmental hazards such as air pollution or radon
- Exposure to occupational carcinogens, such as silica, asbestos, diesel exhaust or coal products
- A history of taking beta carotene supplements
It is also important to note that while most experts agree that the aforementioned risk factors increase an individual’s risk of developing lung cancer, there is no way to say with certainty whether or not a person will develop this disease. Some individuals who have one or more risk factors may never develop lung cancer, while others develop lung cancer despite not having any known risk factors.
To speak to an expert in Tampa, FL, about your lung cancer risk factors, or to determine if lung cancer screening is right for you, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online . We see patients with and without referrals.