Want to Prevent Lung Cancer? Get Higher
Avoiding cigarettes is one way to prevent lung cancer-but could getting higher also work?
Those who live in cities with higher altitudes might not only enjoy beautiful views, but also healthier lungs- and that could lead to a lower chance of getting lung cancer, a new study says.
In this study, doctoral students from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) studied the possibility that higher altitudes could not only prevent lung cancer, but that the amount of oxygen in the air could affect the likelihood of getting the disease.
In this study, published in the journal PeerJ, researchers observed that for every increase in height of 1,000 meters, the rate of lung cancer decreased by about 13 percent from the average rate of occurrence. There are, on average, almost 57 cases of lung cancer per 100,000 people. That number decreased by about seven in the higher elevations, according to the study.