Lung cancer - Prevention 

Preventing lung cancer 

Media last reviewed: 07/01/2013

Next review due: 07/01/2015

Not smoking is the most effective way to avoid getting lung cancer.

Stop smoking

If you smoke, the best way to prevent lung cancer and other serious conditions is to stop smoking as soon as possible.

However long you have been smoking, it is always worth quitting. Every year that you do not smoke, your risk of getting serious illnesses, such as lung cancer, will decrease. After 10 years of not smoking, your chances of developing lung cancer falls to half that of some who smokes.

NHS Smokefree can offer advice and encouragement to help you quit smoking. You can call them on 0300 123 1044, or visit their website.

Your GP or pharmacist can also give you help and advice about giving up smoking.

Diet

Research suggests that eating a low-fat, high-fibre diet, including at least five portions a day of fresh fruit and vegetables and plenty of whole grains, can help reduce your risk of lung cancer, as well as other types of cancer and heart disease.

Find out more information about diet and cancer.

Exercise

There is strong evidence to suggest that regular exercise can lower the risk of developing lung cancer and other types of cancer.

Adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.

Find out more information about health and fitness.

Page last reviewed: 02/08/2013

Next review due: 02/08/2015

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Stop smoking

Help with quitting, including what your GP can do, local services and nicotine replacement therapies