BROOKLYN TAKES AIM AT LUNG CANCERMay 26, 2016
BROOKLYN, NY – Prominis Medical and The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC) announced today a joint collaboration aimed at combating the rate of lung cancer for Brooklyn residents. Detecting lung cancer at its earliest stages, when it is most treatable, is now a reality. The new low dose CT scan screening program identifies people at risk and helps them begin treatment long before symptoms occur. The quick and innovative screening technology was recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is now available for use. “The new Low-Dose CT Screening for the early detection of lung cancer is a game changer,” says Dr. Shalom Buchbinder, Chairman of Radiology at TBHC. “With this new scan we can identify and treat the first signs of cancer, allowing most patients to survive long term.”
TBHC and Prominis Medical are encouraging people who meet the eligibility criteria (e.g., persons between the ages of 55-77; a current or former smoker who quit in the last 15 years; a significant smoker with a history of at least one pack a day for 30 years) to take advantage of this new important screening program. The scan itself takes about five minutes and is completely painless. Most insurance companies (including Medicare and Medicaid) cover this screening. People who want to learn more should discuss this new screening with their physician and get screened.
A recent National Cancer Institute trial found that this screening radically improves patient odds. “Catching lung cancer early and removing it surgically, means that 80% - 85% of lung cancers caught at stage 1 can be cured,” said Dr. Buchbinder, “We want to improve the odds for Brooklyn residents and encourage them to get screened.” For more information, individuals should talk to their doctor or call 855-NO-LUNG-CA (855-665-86432) to schedule an appointment, or visit NOLUNGCANCER.org.
About The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Founded as the borough’s first voluntary hospital, The Brooklyn Hospital Center has been keeping Brooklyn healthy since 1845. Today, it is a 464-bed community teaching hospital, and provides a full range of primary, specialty, diagnostic and tertiary care with a team of outstanding physicians, nurses and staff. TBHC services almost 300,000 annual patient visits throughout Brooklyn. Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, TBHC is a clinical affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and an academic affiliate of The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. TBHC has fully accredited, independent residency programs in emergency medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacy, family medicine, general dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. TBHC trains more than 250 physicians each year.
For more information, visit http://www.tbh.org. You can also find The Brooklyn Hospital Center on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
About Prominis Medical
Prominis Medical Services is a group of Internists and Family Practice doctors, with specialists, serving Brooklyn, NY. Prominis currently has 11 clinics in Brooklyn, with house call services extending to other NYC boroughs. Prominis works with local hospitals, community housing centers, lab and imaging centers, and city-funded organizations. Many diagnostic tests can be done on-site, including Lung Function Testing, Cardiac Testing, Osteoporosis Screenings, Circulation Testing, and even Sleep Studies.