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September 8, 2022

Preventing lung cancer | World Lung Cancer Day 2022

Although there is no definitive way to prevent lung cancer, there are ways to reduce personal risk.

In support of World Lung Cancer Day 2022, we asked over 2,400 M3 panel members what actions they take to prevent lung cancer and to understand the various lung cancer risk factors.

Given the importance of encouraging early screening for lung cancer, and proactive treatment, World Lung Cancer Day*, championed by Gold COPD, took place on 1st August 2022 this year. Its goal was to spread awareness and understanding of the various lung cancer risk factors.

What are the risk factors for lung cancer?

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide and has the lowest five-year survival rate of 22% when compared to other common cancers like prostate cancer (97.5%), and breast cancer (90.3%). The primary lung cancer risk factor is smoking cigarettes. This may not come as a surprise for many people, however, some may not know just how much impact smoking actually has in causing of lung cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, anyone who smokes cigarettes is 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than a non-smoker.

"About 8 out of 10 (81%) deaths from lung cancer in 2022 are expected to be caused by smoking cigarettes. Both the amount and how long someone smokes increase risk of dying from lung cancer. People who smoke are about 25 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who never smoked."

Except for smoking and second-hand smoking, other risk factors include:

If you want to learn more about each risk factor for lung cancer, you can read more on Lung Cancer Foundation America Website.

August results from our question poll on lung cancer prevention

In recognition of World Cancer Day 2022, we wanted to find out how our M3 panel members are trying to reduce their risk of developing lung cancer.

Check out the results from 2,458 M3 panel members globally, who participated in our question poll during August!

What preventative actions, if any, do you take to protect yourself and others from lung cancer?

Out of over 2,400 respondents, 30% said that they reduce their risk of contracting lung cancer by not smoking, whilst 23% said they don’t allow others to smoke in their car or house, and 22% encourage others to stop smoking. 14% of respondents also said that they actively try to limit their exposure to chemicals and other harmful substances. 3% said that they have stopped smoking pipes or cigars, or have switched to vaping. A smaller percentage are actively trying to quit smoking and use nicotine patches.


Other responses from participants saw them avoid locations populated by smokers and avoiding greasy and processed foods to protect themselves from lung cancer. Others commented that they try to eat lung-enhancing foods, supplements, and use air filtration and purification.


Apart from taking direct action to try and reduce the risk of developing lung cancer, another important tactic is to stay informed, and help spread awareness about this type of cancer. Initiatives such as World Lung Cancer Day are very important, as early detection, diagnosis, and treatment are crucial to improving survival rates. Increasing awareness and understanding about the disease has proven to be very effective.


According to the American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer statistics, there has been a decrease of 32% in cancer death rates between 1991 and 2019, due to early detection and treatment for lung cancer. Another significant factor is that fewer people are smoking which results in less people developing lung cancer and other smoking-related cancers.


To learn more about lung cancer symptoms, treatments, and the latest research and statistics, we recommend visiting LCFA World Lung Cancer Day 2022. For more information about the health risks of smoking tobacco, go to the American Cancer Society.


Do you take any preventative action to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer, like screening for lung cancer, and proactive treatment? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below and register for free to participate in our next online survey. If you found this interesting, explore the results from our other quick question polls.

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4 comments

  1. Al giorno d’oggi oltre al fumo attivo un fattore di rischio importante è
    Il fumo passivo, può danneggiare l’apparato respiratorio arrecando rischi e sviluppo del tumore

  2. Lung cancer awareness and campaign should be done regularly and people should be encouraged to take a positive step towards reducing some addictions in order to allow the lungs to heal. It may not be easy at first but, with face to face interaction with a therapist, it can be achieved.

  3. It’s amazing how many of my patients don’t even want to hear about quitting. Some of them tell me “it all they have left” which is the saddest thing I have ever heard of. I try my best to discuss smoking cessation every visit and offer options for quitting. For some that say that’s all they have left, we must find another thing for them to love and focus on.

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