6 Surprising Things That Cause Lung Cancer

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. If you smoke you are 30% more likely to develop lung cancer than those who do not smoke. You raise your chances of developing lung cancer with just that once in a while cigarette that you afford yourself. Even passive smokers are at risk too.

Radiation
The survivors of radiation exposure and some of the World War II victims can tell you the dangers of radiation. Radiation speeds up the rate at which bad cells multiply as they feed on these rays.

Radon
This gas is second to smoking when it comes to causing cancer. It is mainly found in soil, but can be found in buildings in the gaps and cracks in walls, ceilings and floors when soils carrying this element seep into them. This exposure is more common than you think with one in fifteen homes having this problem.

Asbestos
While the use of asbestos in building and construction has reduced greatly since the early 1970s, people living in houses built prior to this time have experienced asbestos poisoning. Asbestos was used to insulate heat in a house to make it warmer especially during the cold season. When exposed to this mineral, you can develop lung cancer.

Arsenic
Little doses of arsenic occur naturally in the air we breathe, water and food such as seafood. This is not the kind that leads to cancer but those that do are found in contaminated water and food treated by pressure methods.

Polluted air
Fumes and gases emitted from vehicles are the problem. Once you inhale this mixture of gases, your lungs lose oxygen. These gases and fumes also carry solid and liquid particles which enter your lungs through your nostril. This increases your chance of developing cancer.

Genetics
Your genes play a role too in how likely you are to develop lung cancer. Mutations in your DNA activate these genes causing them to grow and multiply. You may inherit this from you parents.

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