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Guest: David Fletcher on the Great American Smoke Out and low dose CT screenings

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The Great American Smoke Out is an event that takes place on the third Thursday in November each year where smokers are challenged to quit smoking for one whole day.

David Fletcher of the John B. Amos Cancer Center says the event started in San Francisco in 1977 as an initiative by the American Cancer Society.

"We try to get people, on that one day, to quit for 24 hours," says Fletcher. "And we really hope that decision to quit for 24 will continue longer."

Fletcher acknowledges that quitting smoking is very difficult. "You have to make your mind-up, you have to be committed, and you have to do it because it's the right thing to do. You have to convince yourself that you're bigger and badder than this silly habit which is cigarette smoking" he says.

Fletcher says lung cancer is very difficult to detect. "We typically don't diagnose it until its later stage. So it's very aggressive, and doesn't present itself until it has usually spread," he says.

However, Fletcher also explains that now there is a new method of lung cancer detection called low dose CT lung screening. The low dose CT is about one quarter of the regular CT dose. In addition to the screening, patients are reviewed by experts.

Anyone interested in getting the low dose CT lung screening should call the Lung Screening Hotline at 706-320-8825.

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