Question: I was a heavy smoker for 13 years and stopped in my late 30s. I am now 54 and wonder if I should be getting yearly CT scans to monitor my lungs, or if I should be taking supplements.
Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
I would not recommend yearly CT scans, as that will increase your risk of developing lung cancer, especially with a history of smoking. A chest MRI scan would be more informative and does not use radiation.
A number of supplements have been shown to reduce one's risk of developing lung cancer, such as astaxanthin, lycopene, buffered vitamin C, mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols, curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, resveratrol, along with reduced intake of meats, sugar, and omega-6 oils.
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