The Causes of Lung Cancer Not Because of Smokers Only, Here Are Other Factors


Most of the causes of lung cancer are caused by smoking habits. However, that does not mean that people who do not smoke will be far from lung cancer. Many non-smokers also suffer from this disease.

INPHEDIA.ID - According to research and many cases that occur, most of the causes of lung cancer are indeed caused by smoking habits. However, that does not mean that people who do not smoke will be far from lung cancer. Many non-smokers also suffer from this disease.

In addition to active smokers, there are actually several other factors that cause lung cancer. Next, INPHEDIA.ID summarizes at least six factors that cause the development of lung cancer cells.

1. Inhaling chemicals

Inhaling chemicals or minerals, such as asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel, soot or tar from time to time can increase a person's risk of lung cancer. Workers in certain manufacturing or mining industries may have higher exposure to these chemicals.

2. Asbestos fibers

Asbestos fibers are silicate fibers that can last a lifetime in lung tissue after exposure to asbestos. Workplaces are a common source of exposure to asbestos fibers, because previously asbestos was widely used for thermal insulation. At present, the use of asbestos is limited or prohibited in many countries including the United States.

Long-term asbestos exposure is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. Miners, factory workers or people who might breathe asbestos have a greater risk of lung cancer.

3. Particle pollution

Particle pollution refers to a mixture of very small solid and liquid particles in the air we breathe. Evidence shows that particle pollution such as those from exhaust fumes and air pollution can increase the risk of lung cancer.

4. Radon gas

Radon gas is a natural inert gas that is chemically a natural decay product of uranium. The gas decays to form a product that emits a type of ion radiation. Radon gas is known to cause lung cancer, with an estimated 12 percent of deaths from lung cancer caused by radon gas.

Radon gas can travel through the ground and enter the house through cracks in the foundation, pipes, drains, or other holes. Radon gas is invisible and odorless, but can be detected by a simple test kit.

5. Passive smoking

Passive smoking or breathing tobacco smoke from other people around you can cause lung cancer. Research shows that non-smokers who live with smokers have a 24 percent increased risk of cancer compared to other nonsmokers.

6. Genetics

Genetic factors can also play a role in a person's chances of developing lung cancer. A family history of lung cancer may pose a higher risk of developing this disease. If someone else in your family has or has lung cancer, it's important to disclose this to your doctor. (TPS.IND / ENG / *)

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