You will learn from the article below what causes lung cancer, it’s not just from smoking as you might think. If you smoke please try to stop. Cigarette and cigar smoking can cause more than just lung cancer, it can bring on a host of eye diseases among other health issues. – MDA

By Cancer Care Team

Lung cancer is not just a smoker’s disease.

If you think you’re safe from lung cancer because you’ve never smoked, think again. Being a non-smoker doesn’t mean you cannot get lung cancer.

While cigarette smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer, you also can get it from breathing secondhand smoke, being exposed to asbestos or radon, or having a family history of lung cancer.

Many people think lung cancer always is the result of a personal choice to smoke cigarettes, and so don’t see lung cancer patients in the same light as, say, a breast cancer patient. However, the vast majority of people who die from lung cancer quit smoking long before they received a lung cancer diagnosis.

“There’s a huge stigma associated with lung cancer because the majority of people who die from it are either smokers or former smokers,” says oncologist Nathan Pennell, MD, PhD.

“But the fact is that anyone who has lungs can be exposed to toxins and develop lung cancer, so this is a disease that should concern everyone,” Dr. Pennell says.

 One of the first questions people usually ask when they find out someone has lung cancer is, “Was he (or she) a smoker?”

“Tobacco smoke is one of the most addictive substances known to man, and addiction is a disease,” Dr. Pennell says. “Many people who smoke become addicted as teenagers. Whether you’re a smoker or not, nobody deserves to die from lung cancer.”….read more:


Source: Cleveland Clinic