Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Cancer Lung Risk Factors

Smoking is the greatest risk factor for lung cancer. The longer you smoked, and the more you smoked, contribute to the risk.

Additional risk factors for lung cancer include:

  • Asbestos exposure
  • Pollution
  • Radiation exposure
  • Radon exposure
  • Industrial chemical exposure:
    • Arsenic
    • Chloroethyl ethers
    • Chromates
    • Coke oven fumes
    • Mustard gas
    • Nickel

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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