Sarasota Interventional Radiology (SIR-Florida) has established itself as a state-of-the art facility that features the latest in technology to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions. The expertise and leadership of leading interventional radiologist Gerald E. Grubbs, MD, SIR-Florida’s medical director, are unparalleled. Combined with board-certified anesthesiologists and a team of experienced clinical staff, SIR-Florida has built a strong reputation for delivering patient care of the highest quality on the suncoast of Florida.
SIR-Florida promotes and offers lung cancer screening as a means of reducing the number of deaths caused by this disease for both men and women who are high-risk former and current smokers. Several large studies announced their results--the NELSON study in 2019 and the National Lung Screening Trial in 2011--and concluded that lung cancer screening significantly reduced lung cancer mortality. For more information about lung cancer screening at SIR-Florida, click here http://www./cancer-screening.
Lung cancer affects both men and women and is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Smokers have the highest risk for lung cancer, and the risk increases with the length of time and number of cigarettes smoked. Non-smokers can also get the disease, and the American Cancer Society reports that about 20% of those who die from lung cancer have never been smokers. Causes of lung cancer in non-smokers include exposure to radon gas, secondhand smoke, cancer-causing agents (e.g., asbestos, diesel exhaust), air pollution, and gene mutations.
Clearly, the majority of lung cancers occur in smokers, so being a non-smoker is a significant way to reduce the chances of getting the disease. For those who smoke, quitting the habit is the best option to minimize the risk of lung cancer and many other health issues that are negatively impacted by smoking.