The number one cause of cancer death for both men and women worldwide, lung cancer affects both non-smokers and smokers alike. Once diagnosed, victims usually have a poor prognosis—survival rates are only 16% at five years. And even that isn’t fun; with combined treatments of radiation, surgery and chemo, lung cancer simply isn’t a pretty or positive experience from any angle.
Over 170,000 Americans develop lung cancer annually. Of these, about 10% are in non-smokers. However, many of those cases—at least 3,000 of them— were caused by “passive smoking,” or through the effects of secondhand smoke. People who live with smokers have a 24% risk increase of getting lung cancer.
All of this simply points out the obvious—don’t smoke or be around smoke if you don’t want lung cancer! Cigarette smoking has been medically determined to be the biggest risk factor of getting lung cancer.