Date: October 25, 2012

Women and Lung Cancer

K. Adam Lee, MD, Medical Director, Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center, Jupiter Medical Center
1240 S. Old Dixie Hwy
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 263-5560

Lung cancer kills more women every year than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined. Because lung cancer was once mostly a male disease associated with smoking, women assume if they never smoked or if they stopped years ago, they don't need to be on the lookout for this deadly cancer. But they do.
Women who have never smoked appear to be at two to three times greater risk for developing lung cancer than men who have never smoked. Women tend to develop lung cancer at younger ages than men, and the disease is striking younger women who have never smoked.

Yet the stigma of smoking and the shame people feel for bringing on their illness has caused women to delay seeking medical attention, even in the early stages of lung cancer. As a result, lung cancer rates have continued to rise and this disease has overtaken breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer death in women.

Don’t be a statistic. Low-dose CT lung screening at Jupiter Medical Center gives you the ability to take that first step to safeguard your health. Based on the National Lung Screening Trial guidelines, screening recommendations are for those ages 55 to 74 years old, who have no personal history of cancer, are current or former heavy smokers or have quit smoking less than ten years ago. If you have any signs or symptoms of lung disease, you would require a diagnostic test, not a screening. You can self-refer for this test by contacting the Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center at (561) 263-5560.

The Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center at Jupiter Medical Center offers the areas only comprehensive program dedicated to the prevention, early detection and treatment of lung cancer. The program includes a Lung Nodule Clinic designed to follow patients who have positive findings on CT lung scans and a Multimodality Lung Clinic that offers the convenience of seeing multiple specialists in one day. Patients leave with a plan of treatment in hand. The clinic is designed for newly diagnosed patients, patients with a recurrence of their disease or patients seeking a second opinion.

The program is led by K. Adam Lee, MD, Board Certified, Thoracic Surgeon, who serves as the medical director. Minimally-invasive thoracic surgery, including robotic assisted thoracic surgery has changed the future of lung surgery. Dr. Lee was the first surgeon in the state of Florida to perfor m robotic assisted thoracic surgery and has a decade of experience in this field. Performed through less than 2-inch incision, this surgery is highly accurate, offering patients less blood loss, less pain, less chance for infection and a much faster recovery.

To learn more about The Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center at Jupiter Medical Center, call our Lung Cancer Patient Navigator at (561) 263-3604 or visit


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