Why Do Non-Smokers Get Lung Cancer?

While smoking is the most common source of a lung cancer diagnosis, non-smokers can still be at risk. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 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 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.

CyberKnife Center of Chicago treats lung tumors with 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. Lung tumors are one of the most frequently treated diseases at our center. 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.