What Are the Risks?

Of all the cancer deaths in the United States, most are caused by lung cancer. While you may think lung cancer happens only to smokers, that’s not actually the case. Tobacco is certainly one factor that you can control, but others can’t be avoided. So what are the risk factors? Which ones can you prevent?

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