Lung Cancer Without the Smoke

Can you get lung cancer if you’re never smoke? Unfortunately yes. About 10 percent of men and 20 percent of women who develop lung cancer have never smoked. While tobacco is by far the leading cause of lung cancer, it's not the only contributor. In the United States, the second leading cause – and the most common cause in nonsmokers – is radon. This naturally occurring radioactive gas seeps into homes from the ground and can build up to levels that are high enough to cause lung cancer. The typical test is simple and inexpensive. Test kits can be purchased at home improvement stores, hardware stores, or online for about $20 to $30. Here is a list of 10 signs and symptoms of lung cancer due to radon exposure: 1. Persistent cough 2. Hoarseness 3. Wheezing 4. Shortness of breath 5. Coughing up blood 6. Chest pain 7. Frequent infections like bronchitis and pneumonia 8. Loss of appetite 9. Weight loss 10. Fatigue The process to get rid of radon is called radon mitigation and it is easier than most people think. Rather than trying to seal the house so that radon doesn’t seep in at all, the most common method diverts the radon gas from under the basement floor through a pipe to the outside — either through the roof like a chimney or through a wall to a vent. Once outdoors, the radon gas dissipates and is not a hazard. What makes lung cancer so devastating is that it strikes in a place you can't see, and causes changes that you can't feel. In nonsmokers, it is so unexpected that it's not usually discovered until symptoms do arise, and by then, it's usually very advanced and, in most cases, no longer curable. One of the ways we do early cancer detection is the RGCC Test. It gives information on the levels of circulating tumor cells in your body. The results of this test can help guide you to a personalized cancer protocol to reduce your cancer cells. If you are interested in taking the RGCC Test, please call our Patient Services Team at (949) 680-1880 x1 and they will assist you or email them at:

Your Partner in Health, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy