One in five cases of lung cancer is diagnosed in people who have never smoked. In addition, according to statistics, women are more often affected by the serious disease.
Oncologists can never definitively determine, but they indicate 5 main factors that are related to the disease and to which non-smokers should pay special attention.
Passive smoking. Approximately 35% of lung cancer cases in non-smokers are registered in people who have been exposed to the so-called primary smoke that cigarettes give off when they burn. Safer for passive smokers is the so-called secondhand smoke - that which the smoker exhales.
Asbestos. This material is part of various construction mixes and materials and was often used in the past. Fortunately, its use is decreasing, but construction workers still need to take more safety measures.
Air pollution. Microparticles contained in exhaust gases from cars and power plants, as well as dust in big cities can also cause lung cancer.
Radiation therapy. This commonly used treatment carries great danger, especially for women battling breast cancer.
Cleaning and cooking. Again, ladies are more at risk. Particles in cleaning products used at home, as well as smoke and steam released during cooking, are also potentially dangerous. That's why it's good to have a hood and cook with a mask on your face.