Smoking tobacco puts you at risk for lung cancer and heart disease. This is because the smoke irritates the airways and can cause lung cancer. It also increases the risk for heart disease. If you smoke, don’t stop!
You can help prevent lung cancer by quitting smoking, even if you aren’t sure if you have a smoking problem. Stop smoking now!
Avoid Dust, Smoke, and Other Air Pollutants
Most of the air in the United States comes from outside. Air pollution is caused by many things, including traffic, power plants, and factories.
It’s very important to take care of your lungs. Your lungs help you breathe. If you have breathing problems, you could be at higher risk for lung cancer. Here’s how to keep your lungs healthy:
- Clean your home. Keep the air in your home as clean as possible. When you have a cold or flu, wash your hands and clean your home to help avoid catching a lung infection.
- Don’t smoke around children or pets.
- Wear a mask when you’re around people who are ill.
- Don’t use a fireplace.
- Make sure your home is well ventilated.
Exercise helps keep your lungs healthy. It also helps you breathe better. Lungs aren’t meant to stand still. The more you exercise, the better your lungs will do.
In fact, a healthy lung is like a muscle: It needs to be exercised regularly. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. If you have a low-impact exercise class, such as yoga, that’s even better.
If you don’t have time to exercise, consider walking or taking a few slow walks when you get home in the evening. Even a short walk might make a big difference to your lungs!
Protect Your Skin
You have a greater risk of skin cancer if you have lung cancer. If you have a history of skin cancer, try to wear sunscreen regularly and avoid tanning beds. Don’t pick at your skin. This can increase the chances of getting skin cancer.
- Use sunscreen. Wear a lot of sunscreen.
- Avoid tanning beds.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.
- Wash your skin after going swimming.
- Wear gloves when you wash dishes.
- Wear gloves when you trim your nails.
Eat a Healthy Diet
You should eat a healthy diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables. It’s also important to get enough vitamin C and vitamin E. These nutrients help your body fight off infections.
You can get vitamin C and E from fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also get vitamin C and E from foods like broccoli, spinach, and citrus fruits.
Other ways to get vitamins and nutrients are through a healthy diet. You can eat more nuts, fish, and tofu. You can also get vitamin C and E by eating foods like oranges, grapefruit, and cranberries.
In addition to eating healthy foods, you should also get a good amount of vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for helping your body absorb calcium. Calcium is important for bone health.
If you don’t get enough vitamin D, it can cause you to have weaker bones. You can get vitamin D by eating foods like milk and eggs.
It’s also important to take care of your skin, so if you have a history of skin cancer, you should also take care of your skin.
Quit Smoking and Alcohol
Smoking and drinking can be very bad for your lungs. If you smoke, don’t start smoking again! Quitting smoking is very important to your health. If you smoke, consider talking to your doctor about quitting.
Drinking alcohol is often a problem for young people and those with low self-esteem. If you drink, try to cut down or cut out. It’s very important to see a doctor if you have any of the risk factors for lung cancer and alcohol abuse.
Avoid Air Pollutants
You should avoid the things that are bad for your lungs. Air pollution is very bad for your lungs. You can help keep your lungs healthy by:
- Using an air conditioner. This helps keep the air in your home cooler and more comfortable.
- Keeping the air in your home clean and free of smoke and dust.
- Cleaning your home properly. Clean the air vents, windows, and doors in your home.
- Using a vacuum cleaner.
- Using an air purifier.
Keep Your Mouth Healthy
You should see your dentist at least once a year. You should also see your dentist if you have any of the risk factors for mouth cancer, if you smoke, or if you drink alcohol.
If you have a history of mouth cancer, see your dentist at least once a year. If you smoke or drink alcohol, see your dentist at least once a year.
Keep Your Lungs Healthy
In addition to keeping your mouth and skin healthy, it’s important to keep your lungs healthy. You can help prevent lung cancer by:
- Getting a flu shot.
- Quitting smoking and avoiding secondhand smoke.
- Eating a healthy diet.
- Getting a good amount of vitamin D.
- Avoiding air pollution.
- Wearing mask and gloves when you’re around people who are sick.
- Getting regular exercise.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you have any of the risk factors for lung cancer, you should talk to your doctor. You should also talk to your doctor if you’re having any symptoms.
The sooner you see a doctor, the better your treatment will be.
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