November is Lung Cancer Awareness month and Dr. Nafisa Burhani Medical Oncologist with Amita Health says former smokers are still a risk for lung cancer. If you smoked for 20 years and quit as much as 15 years ago you should still be screened for lung cancer.

Early detection is the key. If caught early, Dr. Burhani not only is there treatment but possibly a cure. She says while treatments and cures have come a long way the most effective way to avoid lung cancer is kicking the habit.

Lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide. One in 16 people will be diagnosed in their lifetime with cancer and more than 228-thousand people are diagnosed each year with lung cancer.

A free lecture and screening will occur on Tuesday, November 12 at the Amita Health Cancer Institute in Joliet at 2614 West Jefferson street. Registration is encouraged, call 815-725-1355.