Though we lump smokers and non-smokers together when discussing lung cancer, lung cancer in non-smokers may be a different disease.
Some studies suggest women who are non-smokers are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer than men who are non-smokers and this percentage is significantly higher in Asian women.2
What Causes Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers?
- Radon Exposure to radon gas in our homes is a cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
- Secondhand smoke is thought to be responsible for roughly 3,000 lung cancer deaths yearly in the U.S.
- Exposure to asbestos remains an important cause of mesothelioma lung cancer.
- Individuals with a family history of lung cancer appear more likely to develop lung cancer.