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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, and a Huntsville man is hoping his story will save lives.

Nine years ago it was a magazine article that got Tom Glynn, to insist on a test that found a tumor in his lungs. A test, he credits for saving his life.

"I had a persistent cough that started around November, nine years ago," says Glynn.

Doctor after doctor treated him for allergies, but Glynn said, "In my own denial I was hoping and looking for it to be an allergy."

But, the cough would not go away.

"It's one of the prime symptoms of lung cancer, and people should know that. I knew that, I had been a smoker for 38 years so I was great at denial. My wife showed me an article in Good Housekeeping about a lady who had been through exactly the same kinds of things," says Glynn.

The woman in the article insisted on a CAT scan, and doctors found a tumor and diagnosed her with lung cancer. Glynn did the same, and too was diagnosed with cancer. Huntsville Hospital's Dr. Evan Cohen, who treated Glynn, said there are a lot of people out there who are at high risk of getting lung cancer.

"There are patients who are at higher risk for developing lung cancer and those are the people we really want to target. For instance, those who are between the ages of 55 and 74, also those that have had a history of smoking cigarettes greater than 30 years, those are the people who are at high risk," says Cohen.

However, there's hope. He says early detection, saves lives.

Huntsville Hospital wants you to come out to honor and remember those affected by lung cancer.  The "Lights for Lung Cancer Awareness" event is November 25 at 6 p.m. and will take place at 101 Governors Drive.

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