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November is lung cancer awareness month

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - How healthy are your lungs?

Lung Cancer Screening is now available at Sarasota Memorial Hospital along with a number of hospitals nation wide selected by the Lung Cancer Alliance.

The new program can find early cancerous nodules and lesions at the most treatable stages of lung cancer.

According to Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) lung cancer is difficult to treat if found in later stages. Only 16 percent of lung cancer is detected in it's early stages, where treatments are more effective.

"Although many causes of lung cancer have been identified, cigarette smoking is far and away the strongest determinant, and we know this group is at highest risk," said Dr. Seaman.

SMH advises high risk individuals to take part in their new program. This including people between the ages of 55-77 who have smoked an average of one pack a day for 30 years (or two packs a day for 15 years). As well as those who have quit smoking in the past 15 years.

SMH states the most effective way to lower your lung cancer risk is to stay away from tobacco, and quit if you are still smoking or using tobacco products.

For information about Sarasota Memorial's Lung Cancer Screening Program, call (941) 917-5864 (LUNG).