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Lifestyle Strategies to Prevent Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is alarmingly common, but the majority of cases are completely preventable. It is estimated that approximately 90 percent of all lung cancers are caused by environment or lifestyle. 1

Since smoking is the biggest risk factor, avoiding environmental exposure to carcinogens and no longer using tobacco can dramatically reduce your risk. 2 You can also protect your health by avoiding secondhand smoke, having your home checked for radon, and following safety guidelines in your workplace. 3 Consider taking a healthy step today to give yourself a healthier tomorrow.

Facts and figures

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related deaths in both men and women in the United States. 2
  • 10 to 15% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers. Of these cases, the most common causes are exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, and radon. 4
  • The average cost of treating lung cancer is estimated to be $39,891 per patient. 5
  • While 226,160 new cases of lung cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2012,1 many individuals underestimate the risk - 62% of workers believe it is not at all likely or not very likely they or a family member will experience a serious illness such as cancer. 6

How Aflac’s Cancer Policy Works

Cancer can take a toll on individuals and their family — physically, emotionally and even financially. Since 1958, Aflac has provided families with an extra level of financial protection through cancer insurance policies 7 that help with cancer treatment costs. Cash benefits paid directly offer policyholders the flexibility to pay bills related to their treatment or to help with everyday living expenses — whichever is best for them.

The Aflac Cancer Care insurance policy helps provide protection if a positive cancer diagnosis ever occurs. The policy provides coverage for dependent children at no extra cost with premiums as low as $3.21 per week. 8

1 American Lung Association (2012). Lung Cancer Fact Sheet. Accessed on October 18, 2012, from
2 American Cancer Society (2012). Cancer Facts and Figures 2012. Accessed on October 18, 2012, from
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Lung Cancer Awareness. Accessed on November 1, 2012, from
4 Couraud S, Zalcman G, Milleron B, Morin F, Souquet PJ. Eur J Cancer (2012). Lung cancer in never smokers--a review.  Epub 2012 mar, 28 48(9): 1299-311.
5 U.S. News Health (2008). Costs for Medicare Cancer Treatment Sore. Accessed on October 18, 2012, from
62012 Aflac WorkForces Report, a study conducted by Research Now on behalf of Aflac, January 24–February 23, 2012. 7 Policy may not be available in all states. Benefits may vary by state and plan level selected. Policy Series A75000, A76000, A78000; In Idaho, Policies A78100ID, A78200ID, A78300ID, and A78400ID; In Oklahoma, Policies A78100OK, A78200OK, A78300OK, and A78400OK.
8 Rate is based on individual/one-parent family coverage for ages 18–75, Aflac Preferred Cancer Care policy, no riders, and payroll deduction.