CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF)-Nearly one in five Americans smokes on a regular basis.
Doctors at Parkridge Health System
say lung cancer can strike whether you or young or old.
Just ten seconds in a low dose CT scanner like the one behind me could end up saving your life.
"It's often not caught until its at an advanced stage of disease so the treatment options are very limited at that point"
Doctor Trey Carr says non smokers can also be scanned.
"You can still get lung cancer if you don't smoke, there are other risk factors for lung cancer but the greatest risk for cancer are the patients who smoke and have a long history of smoking"
Colleague Dr. Jeong says lung cancer can strike regardless of how often or how much you smoke.
"Misunderstood concepts about smoking in the general public, is that it has never actually been demonstrated that smoking less is really any less harmful than smoking more, consequently the correct way to think is you either smoke or you don't"
The CT scanner looks for abnormal spots on our lungs that a chest x-ray cannot find.
The American Cancer Society says both men and women are at risk.
One former local smoker has this tip for those trying to stop.
Jeremy Shinn,"I Couldn't quit either, what I did was I went and bought something, made payments on it with the money I was going to spend on cigarettes"
For More Information on CT Lung Screening You Can Call, 800-242-5662