The lungs are two cone-shaped organs in your chest that help you breathe. They bring oxygen into the body. They remove carbon dioxide, which is a waste product of the body’s cells.

How can you prevent lung cancer?

Quit smoking. Or never start smoking.

  • About 160,000 people die from lung and bronchus cancer in the United States each year.
  • Some groups are more at risk for lung cancer. African American men and women combined are more likely to die of lung and bronchus cancer than are any other racial or ethnic group.

What can you do?

  • Don’t smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes. If you do smoke, try to quit.
  • Ask your family and friends not to smoke near you. It can put you at risk for developing lung cancer.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.
  • Spread the word about lung cancer– help yourself and others stay healthy.

Do you want to know more about lung cancer?

Click on a Web site below:

  1. Lung Cancer (National Cancer Institute)
  2. Quitting Smoking: Why To Quit and How To Get Help (Fact Sheet, National Cancer Institute)
  3. Helping Yourself During Chemotherapy (National Cancer Institute)
  4. The Cancer Info Net Lung Cancer Fact Sheet (Causes)