Avoiding exposure to cancer-causing substances will decrease your risk of developing lung cancer. Suggestions include:
Making changes in your diet may help reduce your risk of lung cancer. Changes that may help include:
The benefits of quitting smoking are much greater than the benefits gained from dietary changes alone.
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Last reviewed September 2015 by Mohei Abouzied, MD
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