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Date:10/23/2011

exposures, occupation, and diet can also influence lung cancer risk, said Dr. Siu.

Reduced Risk of Lung Cancer

Although researchers found several factors that increased lung cancer risk, other factors were found to be related to reduced risk of the disease. Dr. Siu and team found an inverse relationship between BMI and lung cancer risk, where higher BMI levels were associated with a lower risk for lung cancer. A similar relationship was seen in those who graduated from college.

Explanations are not evident, but people with more education probably have a generally healthy lifestyle, said Dr. Siu. The BMI-cancer association was independent of smoking, and we speculate that nutritional factors may be involved.

In a separate study also presented at CHEST, researchers from the Czech Republic investigated the relationship between smoking exposure, diet, and exercise, and the risk of lung cancer. They found that consumption of black tea had a protective effect on nonsmoking women, while fruit had a protective effect for both men and women.

Smoking remains the primary risk factor for lung cancer, yet we cant ignore other environmental or lifestyle factors that may impact ones health, said David Gutterman, MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. Quitting smoking or never starting can help to reduce lung cancer risk, as can living an overall active and healthy lifestyle.


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Contact: Sue Roberts
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847-498-8334
American College of Chest Physicians
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