Are you a smoker or former smoker?

April 8, 2016

Are you a smoker or former smoker?

Learn about low-dose CT used to help detect lung cancer

Did you know that there are an estimated 40 million adults in the United States who are smokers? According to the American Cancer Society, it was estimated that more than 224,000 people would be newly diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014. During the same year, the expected number of lung cancer deaths was 159,260.  More men and women die of lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U. S., accounting for more than 480,000 deaths – including lung cancer deaths - every year.

This month’s Dine with the Docs features Robert E. Morgan, M.D., Radiologist, who will discuss utilizing low-dose CT to detect lung cancer. 

The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, in the Conference Center at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital on the basement level of the East Tower.  A complimentary dinner will be provided by the hospital in Chatters Café at 5:30 p.m. and the program will follow at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner and presentation.

Lung cancer has been challenging to catch in its early stages. Usually, by the time a patient exhibits symptoms, the cancer may already be advanced.  The new low-dose CT (computed tomography) screening is able to detect lung cancer in earlier stages, and it is now available at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Dr. Morgan’s presentation will include important information about the low-dose CT, how it works, and the role it plays in detecting lung cancers.  A question and answer session will follow the program.

Low-dose CT screening is designed for individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer.  That includes individuals who are between 55 and 80 years old, are currently smoking or quit in the last 15 years, and have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.

If you are at high risk for lung cancer or if you have a loved one who falls into that category, this program will be of particular interest to you.

Dr. Morgan earned his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta.  He completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in FT. Lewis WA. After serving more than twenty years as a radiologist in the military, Dr. Morgan served as Assistant Medical Director, Imaging Services for Columbus Regional Medical Center, and also was Radiology Practice Leader for Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Kuwait, and Consultant Radiologist at Al-Adan Hospital.

Dr. Morgan is board-certified in diagnostic radiology and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has been practicing in Somerset with Bluegrass Radiology Associates since 2014.

“Dine with the Docs” is a regular monthly program series developed to educate interested persons regarding important health issues.  The programs are sponsored as a public service by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and the Lake Cumberland Chapter of Senior Friends.  For more information or to make required reservations, call 606-678-3274.