Lung cancer kills thousands of Americans every year. Smoking, radon, and secondhand smoke are the leading causes of lung cancer. Although lung cancer can be treated, the survival rate is one of the lowest for those with cancer. In many cases, lung cancer can be prevented.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Smoking causes an estimated 160,000 cancer deaths in the U.S. every year, according to the American Cancer Society in 2004. Approximately 30 Jessamine County residents die each year from lung cancer. In 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General issued the first warning on the link between smoking and lung cancer. A smoker who is also exposed to radon has a much higher risk of lung cancer.
Radon is the number-one cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung-cancer deaths every year.
About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. In 2005, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a national health advisory on radon.