Great American Smokeout promotes lung cancer awareness & detection

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Med Center Health is encouraging people to wear white today for the Great American Smokeout. 

The day promotes lung cancer awareness as well as the benefits of lung cancer screening and early detection.

Doctors urge those who have smoked a pack a day for 20 years, or two packs a day for ten years, to be screened once they turn 50. A low dose CT scan of the chest is just like an x-ray, but it specifically looks for lung tumors, lung nodules, and spots in your lungs. If you catch the cancer at an earlier stage, there’s a higher chance for survival. 

“Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances in the world. Tobacco should be a no no if you wanna live a long fulfilling life,” said Med Center Health Hematologist and Oncologist Dr. Diego Cabrera. 

90% of lung cancer patients are smokers.