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Causes Of Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer in the UK, with around 41,000 cases diagnosed every year. Smoking is a major contributing factor to lung cancer rates, although figures blaming smoking as a determining factor vary from around 50% up to almost 90% of case; either way it is a large factor.

The percentage of smokers in the UK’s population had halved over the last 50 years, but numbers of lung cancer are not dropping at the same rate, so there must be other factors in place. Of course, stopping smoking can help your lungs against cancer, but it doesn’t protect completely. The damage can already be done after smoking for relatively short periods of time and become apparent later on in life when the body is weaker. Rates in younger people are increasing too, so this shows that smoking is to blame, but not solely.

Chemicals in the air can be a large factor in rates of lung cancer, one of the most common being radon. It occurs naturally in some stones, the most common being granite, which is prevalent in the Peak District and the West Country. The combination of this and smoking can increase the chances of lung cancer greatly.

Certain man-made and natural chemicals can cause lung cancer, although these are not as common due to their rarity that humans come into contact with them. Most of these cases occur through work placements, such as exposure to asbestos which can cause lung cancer. In these cases there are examples of people getting compensation for asbestos from the companies who put them at risk via specialist solicitors such as

Air pollution from traffic fumes can be a contributing factor towards lung cancer. Long term exposure can increase the risk of lung cancer by 47%. Family history can also be a factor in the chance of contracting lung cancer too. Having a direct relative who has had it can double the risk, but this can also be because the passing on of smoking habits is fairly common.

There are other factors that can contribute such as diet, but foods are undergoing research and sometimes statistics can be contradictory depending on people’s demographics, race and other factors. The ones listed above are proven to be main causes though, which should be avoided if possible, but of course, sometime it is unavoidable.

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