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In Lung Cancer Awareness Month, doctors and advocates push to end Kentucky's crisis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The month of November marks "Lung Cancer Awareness Month," and Dr. Umair Gauhar is seeing a disturbing trend. 

The University of Louisville pulmonary disease physician says in previous years most lung cancer patients would be in their 50s or 60s.   

But that has since changed. Dr. Gauhar reports seeing people much younger.

Lung cancer patients showing up in his office are in their 40s, some even in their 30's, are making him push smokers toward preventive measures  

"If they get a CAT scan yearly, they have a chance of getting lung cancer picked up early enough, and that can certainly reduce their mortality," Dr. Gauhar said. 

A recent report from the American Cancer Society shows Kentucky still leads the nation in cancer deaths caused by cigarettes. The Journal of the American Medical Association dug even deeper into Kentucky's issue with lung cancer. They show that in the past couple of years, 38 percent of  men and 29 percent of women in Kentucky died of cancer because of cigarettes.

Celeste Worth is part of  the Kentucky LEADS collaborative. Teams across the state provide a community-based network for lung cancer education.

Worth hopes they can remove lung cancer label from the Bluegrass State.  

"It's sad and disheartening and frustrating to see all of these people that never really had a chance," she said..  

Want to quit smoking? Here are some local links to help: 

Quit Now Kentucky

800-Quit-Now

Kentucky LEADS

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