Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Physicians Encourage Screening for Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the second most common
cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, according
to the American Cancer Society. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and a
time for people to educate themselves about prevention, risk factors, and the importance
of screening for lung cancer. Physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann
Southwest Hospital are encouraging everyone with associated risks to be
screened for lung cancer.
“Individuals at the highest risk of
developing lung cancer are current and former smokers. Early detection allows
for early treatment and potential cure.
This is why we strongly encourage those who meet the recommended guidelines
to undergo screening,” says Dr. Timothy Hamilton, cardiothoracic surgeon with
Memorial Hermann Southwest.
at highest risk for developing lung cancer:
- Are 55 to 77 years of
- Currently, or in the
past, have smoked one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or two packs per
day for 15 years and
- Are still smoking, or
have quit smoking within the last 15 years and
- Have no signs or
symptoms of lung cancer.
The low-dose computed tomography (LDCT)lung
screening, which takes less than five minutes to complete, involves lying on a
scanning table that moves through a doughnut-shaped CT scanner. “There is no preparation for the test – it is
safe, quick and painless,” says Deidra Teoh, RN, Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator at
Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.
Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and
other Memorial Hermann facilities offer patients low-dose CT Scans for patients
fitting the criteria. To learn more about lung
cancer screening or for assistance in scheduling your screening, contact
Deidra at 713-456-LUNG (5864) or Deidra.Teoh@MemorialHermann.org.