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

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

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

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

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

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

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

However, Fletcher also explains that now there is a newmethod of lung cancer detection called low dose CT lung screening. The low doseCT 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 screeningshould call the Lung Screening Hotline at 706-320-8825.

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