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PALM COAST, Fla., November 30, 2015 – In recognition of national lung cancer awareness month, approximately 40 community members joined Florida Hospital Flagler on Nov. 19 for a free seminar and breakfast.
Florida Hospital Flagler hematologist/oncologist Dr. Padmaja Sai and thoracic surgeon Dr. John Walsh led a discussion of the various risk factors and advanced treatments related to lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the U.S.
“Each year, approximately 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer and more than 150,000 die from this disease,” said Walsh. “X-rays and CT scans can detect lung cancer, but biopsies are needed for complete, accurate diagnosis.”
“About 42 million Americans still smoke, and tobacco use remains the single-most preventable cause of illness and premature death,” said Sai. “Locally, nearly 90 Floridians die each day from tobacco-related illnesses.”
Sai and Walsh both encouraged patients who are considered high risk for lung cancer to ask their physician about undergoing a low-dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer.
About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler employs nearly 1,000 caregivers. Florida Hospital Flagler is comprised of the hospital’s main campus; Town Center Surgery, a freestanding outpatient center; and the Parkway Medical Plaza which includes a walk-in clinic, laboratory, imaging and women’s center and physician offices. For more information, call (386) 586-2000 or visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com.
In recognition of national lung cancer awareness month, approximately 40 community members joined Florida Hospital Flagler on Nov. 19 for a free seminar and breakfast led by hematologist/oncologist Dr. Padmaja Sai and thoracic surgeon Dr. John Walsh.