7 Nonsmoking Causes of Lung Cancer

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Tobacco contributes to about 90% of lung cancer cases. But each year, as many as 24,000 Americans who never lit up still die of the disease. In fact, lung cancer among nonsmokers alone would rank among the 10 deadliest cancers in the country. Learn about what else causes lung cancer besides smoking and ways you can protect yourself.

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