Tobacco smoke: Tobacco smoke is the leading cause of lung cancer. Smoke from cigarettes, pipes, or cigars release harmful substances that can damage lung cells when inhaled. The more a person is exposed to smoke, the greater the likelihood of developing lung cancer
Radon: Radon is a radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste. It forms in soil and rocks. People working in mines may be exposed to radon. Extended exposure to radon can damage lung cells
Asbestos and other substances: Exposure to asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel, soot, tar and other substances can cause lung cancer. The risk is highest for those with years of exposure
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