Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer.
In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancer deaths.
What percent of smokers get lung cancer?
Smoking and Lung Cancer
Most statistics look at the overall risk of lung cancer, combining both people who smoke and those who have never smoked. Based on United States statistics, the lifetime risk that a person will develop lung cancer is 6.4 percent or a little greater than one out of every 15 people.
How can I smoke and not get cancer?
There’s no sure way to prevent lung cancer, but you can reduce your risk if you:
- Don’t smoke. If you’ve never smoked, don’t start.
- Stop smoking. Stop smoking now.
- Avoid secondhand smoke.
- Test your home for radon.
- Avoid carcinogens at work.
- Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables.
- Exercise most days of the week.
At what age do smokers get lung cancer?
Increasing age is a risk factor for many cancers, including lung cancer. The average age in the United States for a lung cancer diagnosis is around 70 years of age. About 10% of lung cancer cases occur in people younger than 50 years old.
Is lung cancer common in non smokers?
Lung adenocarcinoma is the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer and is the most common type of lung cancer found overall in both non-smokers and smokers.