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A Look at Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer remains the most prevalent fatal cancer in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people die from this disease each year, which is why Aventura Hospital and Medical Center hopes to provide greater awareness of this problem. Though no one measure can completely eliminate your risk of lung cancer, you can take several steps to protect your health and that of those you love from this dangerous disease. The following information highlights key components of lung cancer.

Early stage lunge cancer typically produces no noticeable signs, which accounts for why this disease is so deadly. Many people with lung cancer have no indication of their condition until it has advanced to other areas of the lungs or body. However, individuals who begin to cough or cough more often than usual should not ignore their symptoms. Coughing is a potential indicator of lung cancer. Coughing that produces blood requires immediate medical attention.

Current data shows that lung cancer develops primarily in individuals with tobacco habits. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, and pipes often leads to this disease; in fact, more than eight in 10 people with lung cancer can trace their condition to their tobacco usage. As a result, smoking cessation is imperative for those who wish to avoid this disease. Other toxins, including asbestos and radon, can also contribute to the development of lung cancer.

Treatment Options
If lung cancer is found while still small or contained to the lung, cancer care specialists may recommend surgery to remove the mass. Chemotherapy may follow to rid the body of any cancerous cells still in the lungs or those that have escaped into the bloodstream. Radiation therapy can also treat lung cancer masses in regions too difficult to access through surgery. No matter the form of treatment recommended for a lung cancer diagnosis, early detection is vital to successful cancer care. If you believe that you might be at risk for lung cancer, consult your physician.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center offers extensive treatment options for individuals diagnosed with lung cancer. If you have this disease, we can help. Call our Miami hospital at (305) 682-1704 for more information.

HCA to Donate Up to $200,000 to Typhoon Haiyah Relief Efforts

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HCA will donate up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

The company is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross and will provide up to an additional $100,000 to match employee contributions to help the people of the Philippines. To make a match-eligible donation to the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief, please click here. HCA will provide dollar-for-dollar matching for gifts between $10 and $500 made at this site.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines and to our employees who have family members there,” said HCA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Bracken. “This donation on behalf of our employees is a natural extension of HCA’s mission, which is carried out every day by our nurses, physicians and other colleagues who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.”

In addition, the HCA Hope Fund is supporting the travel, burial and rebuilding needs of employees and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To apply for assistance, employees should visit www.HCAHopeFund.org and click on the “apply now” button. Established in 2005 to allow employees to help colleagues in need, the HCA Hope Fund provides assistance to HCA employees who have experienced disaster, illness, injury, domestic violence, and other situations. So far this year, the HCA Hope Fund has given $1.9 million to help more than 1,200 HCA employees and their families.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center's Breast Diagnostic Center

The Breast Diagnostic Center at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is one of our "Centers of Excellence". Our Center is fully accredited and provides a full spectrum of services in a comfortable and compassionate environment. Our team of medical professionals - including physicians, surgeons, radiologists, nurses, technologists, and pathologists - are all highly trained and certified, and all stand ready to provide the most comprehensive diagnostic technology available to detect illnesses ranging from breast cancer to osteoporosis.

It's difficult to overstate the importance of early detection, which is why scheduling a mammogram is one of the best things you can do to ensure that you're healthy.  For example, you can read about Amy Robach, of Good Morning America, and her breast cancer story in this fantastic article!

While we may have recently celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's important to note that Breast Cancer is not simply an October disease.  Don't put it off... call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center today to schedule your mammogram at 1-877-341-7017.

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