Lung Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

Lung Cancer Prevention

  • Don’t smoke. If you smoke, quit.
  • Stay away from second-hand smoke.
  • Make your home and community smoke-free.
  • Check your home for radon. (Qualified contractors can be located through state radon offices, which are listed on the EPA Web site at
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Some research says being physically active may reduce your risk.

Lung Cancer Early Detection

Early results of a large study on a new way to screen for lung cancer in smokers and former smokers showed that low-dose helical CT scans (often called spiral CT scans) reduced the rate of death from lung cancer. If you’re a smoker or a former smoker, talk with your health care professional to see if screening is a good choice for you.