Taking Steps to Prevent Lung Cancer

Lung cancer claims about 160,000 lives a year—more than a quarter of all cancer deaths and greater than the toll from colorectal, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers combined. “Early detection is felt to improve outcomes in lung cancer and is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,” says WESTMED Medical Group Pulmonologist and Vice President Dr. Steven Meixler. 

“In cooperation with White Plains Hospital, we offer CT scan screening for patients felt to be at high risk for lung cancer: persons between 55-80 yrs. old who have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years and who actively smoke or stopped less than 15 years ago. Screening is done on a yearly basis.

Our pulmonary specialists, in partnership with WESTMED’s thoracic surgeons Drs. Todd Weiser and Cynthia Chin, help to monitor results and determine the need for further evaluation. Dr. Weiser and Dr. Chin are available to see patients at our 1 Theall Road, Rye, office.  

“Please call your WESTMED physician to discuss and schedule this important screening test,” urges Dr. Meixler.

“While screening CT scans of the chest may save lives, kicking the smoking habit is the most important step you can take to live a longer and healthier life,” he emphasizes.

Also, a special alert to women: Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women in the United States. The American Lung Association has launched Lung Force, a program uniting women to stand together against lung cancer, make a pledge and take action. For more information, go to the American Lung Association's Lung Force page