Is Lung Cancer Hereditary?

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Since there is a pattern of increased risk of the disease in family members, some experts believe that there may be at least one faulty gene that passes down in the families and increases the risk of lung cancer.

Unfortunately, the information about this gene is not clear yet. Some studies and trials are going to find such a gene.

Hereditary risk factor is unchangeable. There is nothing you can do to modify or change it. But this is not the end of everything. Furthermore, remember that having this risk factor doesn’t mean you definitely will have the disease!

If you have a family history of the disease, you may have at least one inherited-faulty gene that increases your risk for the disease. But the good news, some experts believe the role of hereditary risk factor is not as great as exposure to tobacco smoke.

Again, the disease is majorly associated with smoking (lifestyle factor). There are also plenty of lifestyle measures you do to reduce your risk and prevent the disease. In other words, it is preventable condition – even though if genetically your risk is high.

If you don’t smoke (not a smoker), you are on the right tract and have one step forward to fight against lung cancer. If you are a smoker, quit as soon as possible for your better health (especially for the health of your lung).

If you do have many risk factors of lung cancer, ask your doctor whether you need to take a screening test. This is intended to help catch the cancer early, when the treatment is most likely to work to treat or even cure the disease.

For more information to prevent this cancer, you can visit this comprehensive guide!

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