WHAT: November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and Sarasota Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with Florida Cancer Specialists and Radiology Associates of Florida, is pleased to offer free lung cancer screenings and a community education program featuring presentations by Kirk Voelker, MD - “Lung Cancer Prevention, Screening & Smoking Cessation” and Karla Brody, MSS – “Smoking Cessation Resources.” Free CT scan lung cancer screenings will be provided for the first 50 qualified Sarasota County residents. Participants must be present for the entire program to qualify – screening registration takes place at event
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – 10 am to 1 pm
WHERE: Sarasota Memorial Hospital, First Floor Auditorium, 1700 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota
INFO: This is a free community education event. Reservations are required: (941) 917-7777
MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Savage (941) 893-7649
Lung Cancer Awareness Information
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women because the disease shows no symptoms until it has progressed to advanced stages when it is very difficult to treat. Of the top four deadliest cancers in the U.S. (lung, prostate, breast and colorectal), lung cancer is the only one not subject to routine screening. Advances in imaging have made it possible to detect early stage lung cancer, when treatment can be highly successful. The U. S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in persons at high risk for lung cancer based on age and smoking history therefore, lung cancer screenings can save lives.