February 13, 2013
Lung cancer is a serious public health issue that annually affects more than 370,000 people in the United States. The Lung Institute of Menorah is committed to bringing awareness and accessibility to people at high risk for developing lung cancer by offering a low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung-screening program to current and former smokers who have no symptoms of lung cancer. Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer—is one of a few hospitals to offer the advanced technology of low-dose CT screening in the Kansas City area. This technology is proven to be more effective in detecting suspicious lung cancer nodules than X-rays.
Joseph F. Stilwill, MD, hematology/oncologist, at Menorah Medical Center, is leading the lung-cancer screening program at the Lung Institute of Menorah. “Lung cancer is the leading single cancer killer in the United States, representing about 25 percent of all cancer deaths,” says Dr. Stilwill. “However, lung cancer can be curable if diagnosed early and low-dose CT screening can help early detection.”
Dr. Stilwill says that while the best way to prevent lung cancer is not to start smoking or to stop smoking, the advancements in technology will continue to help in early detection and in the fight against the disease. “The amount of radiation received during a low-dose CT lung cancer screening is less than the amount received annually from naturally occurring radiation that's present in the environment,” says Dr. Stilwill. “Our low-dose CT scan imaging services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.”
The lung screening program at Menorah is for current and former smokers who meet certain criteria, including patients 50 years of age or older who have smoked at least the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years with no history of cancer and who do not have symptoms of lung cancer identified by a physician. Screenings remain an individual decision that should be discussed with a healthcare provider who can assist in weighing the risks and benefits of the screening.
For more information and to determine if you meet the criteria for the lung-screening program, call the Lung Institute of Menorah at (913) 498-7800.