There are several risk factors which increase your chance of getting a lung disease. Having a certain risk factor does not mean that you will develop the disease or that it is the direct cause of the disease. It just means that it is associated with it in some way and having a risk factor makes the chances of your getting the disease is higher. Some of the risk factors are modifiable (that is can be changed such as smoking and exposure to certain chemicals) whereas others cannot be modified such as family history, and age. If you don’t have a certain risk factor it does not mean that you will not develop the disease.
Awareness about the risk factors can help you to avoid factors which can increase the chances of developing lung diseases as most factors for lung diseases are modifiable. If you have a family history of lung disease you should avoid smoking and occupational exposure to chemicals (factors which further increase the risk).
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