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Give your lungs a breather

Breast cancer may be the disease women fear most, but nearly twice as many die from lung cancer. In fact, lung cancer is the most deadly form of cancer for women. Luckily, you can dramatically reduce your risk.

First things first: If you’re a smoker, quit now. Smoking is the No. 1 cause of lung cancer, accounting for 80 percent of female lung cancer deaths. Need more incentive to quit?

  • Women ages 35 and older who smoke are 12 times more likely to die of lung cancer or other respiratory diseases than nonsmokers.
  • If you quit before age 50, you’re half as likely to die in the next 15 years as those who keep puffing away.
  • Even secondhand smoke increases lung cancer risk, so if you live with a smoker, help him or her quit—for everyone’s sake.