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Patient Education: Why Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer

While smoking is one of the main contributing factors to a lung cancer diagnosis, non-smokers can still be at risk. The American Cancer Society estimates that 10 to 15 percent of lung cancer patients in the U.S. have never smoked.

Other than smoking, exposure to second-hand smoke, asbestos, radon or having a family history of the disease can also increase the chances of a lung cancer diagnosis. There is limited research on lung cancer patients who have no history of smoking, and doctors are still working to learn more about risk factors that most impact a diagnosis.

If you find yourself facing a lung cancer diagnosis, learn about all the options available to you to treat your condition. Columbus CyberKnife treats lung tumors with advanced CyberKnife® technology. Treatment is noninvasive and may be delivered as a primary treatment or as a secondary therapy to boost a different primary treatment method. For more information on our lung cancer treatment approach, contact us.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.