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  • Treatment Locations

    Rhode Island Hospital

    APC Building

    Providence, RI 02903

    866-401-0002

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    The Miriam Hospital

    164 Summit Avenue

    Providence, RI 02906

    866-401-0002

  • Who Is At Risk?

  • A risk factor refers to anything that makes it more likely for you to get a certain disease. The most significant risk factor for lung cancer is exposure to tobacco smoke. That's why it is important for smokers to quit. No matter how long you have smoked or how much you smoke every day, quitting smoking decreases the likelihood that you will develop lung cancer.

    Risk Factors:
    People with one or more risk factors are more likely to develop lung cancer. It is important to note, however, that some people with one or more risk factors may never develop lung cancer.

    • Exposure to tobacco smoke. Smoking cigarettes, cigars or pipes are the most important risk factor. The risk increases the earlier in life you began smoking, how many cigarettes, cigars or pipes you smoked daily, and the number of years smoked.
    • Gender: Current or former smokers who are women have a greater risk of developing lung cancer than do men who are current or former smokers.
    • Exposure to secondhand smoke. The risk of lung cancer increases for those who are exposed to secondhand smoke.
    • Exposure to asbestos, arsenic, chromium, nickel, soot and tar. The risk is highest for those who have years of exposure.
    • Heredity: those who have a parent or sibling diagnosed with lung cancer have a higher risk of developing lung cancer.
    • Alcohol use: Women who drink more than one serving of alcohol per day and men who drink more than two drinks per day have an increased risk of lung cancer. Some examples of one serving are: 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, 1.2 to 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits such as vodka, gin, rum and whiskey