American Cancer Society recommends CT scans in lung cancer prevention

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Chances are you are seeing more facial hair this month. It’s no-shave November — when some men grow a beard to promote cancer awareness.

That includes lung cancer. Doctors say it’s the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among men, and it’s the deadliest.

Professionals say smoking is a main cause, and it contributes to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in men. Doctors say quitting is critical to reducing your chances of getting sick.

The American Cancer Society also recommends a low-dose CT Scan for people who are considered high-risk. That means anyone 55-74 years old and in fairly good health, have a smoking history equivalent to a pack a day for 30 years, and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

“A lot of times with lung cancer, you don’t know until it’s late because you don’t have a reason to get that,” said Ashley Milakis, Franciscan Health oncology nurse navigator. “But know, the American Cancer Society recommends being able to get that CT scan to catch it sooner.”

As with all cancers, when it comes to prevention, health experts say it’s important to eat healthy and exercise regularly.