Fortunately, in the United States, smoking is decreasing over the last decade. As a surgeon who treats lung cancer, this makes me very happy. However, a new trend has developed over recent years with the use of electronic cigarettes or vaping. Vaping or e-cigarettes is inhalation of a vaporized substance typically containing nicotine that is … Continue reading Is vaping as bad as smoking?
Baylor Scott & White Health, the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of State Health Services are training physicians to use eTobacco, a smoking and tobacco-cessation initiative that connects a patient’s electronic medical records (EMR) with a state-funded program called Quitline. There is a Quitline in every U.S. state, funded by the … Continue reading ETobacco program uses EHR to help smokers quit
During February, our thoughts often turn to valentines, chocolates and, for some, heart disease. So many of us try our best to stay healthy but we’re human. We asked several Baylor Scott & White Health physicians for practical heart healthy advice to keep us thinking about ways we all can lessen the likelihood of developing heart … Continue reading Heart healthy perspective from Baylor Scott & White doctors
In a time not so “bygone,” tobacco companies spent big money to get people addicted to their products. Movies and television were filled with people smoking. Advertising was rampant. Cigarette manufacturers bent the truth to boost their cigarette sales goals, telling consumers that dentists and physicians preferred to smoke particular brands. Cigarette smoking was even … Continue reading What will it take to quit smoking today?
Those who suffer from lung cancer continue to be unfairly stigmatized because of the assumed connection between the disease and smoking, David Mason, MD, chief of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, said on WFAA-TV’s (Channel 8) Good Morning Texas. “There’s a stigma I think that … Continue reading Lung cancer smoking stigma persists
Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is defined as the blockage of the peripheral arteries, excluding the arteries in the heart, aortic arch or brain. It is characterized by the hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and the subsequent blockage of the arteries in the extremities, and is a marker for systemic vascular disease involving the heart, brain … Continue reading Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) a risk for smokers, diabetics
Remember smoking sections on airplanes? It’s hard to imagine now for most of us, especially for young travelers who never flew in those days. And to think, back in the early 1990s when Delta Airlines made the bold move to become the first U.S. carrier to ban smoking on all flights, there were thousands of … Continue reading Smoking Will Continue To Be Snuffed Out
June 4, 2014 was Betty and Kenneth’s 37th wedding anniversary. It was a special day for more than one reason. Eight months ago, the Fergusons had just moved into a Denton retirement community from Waco, and Kenneth had his first visit with a new physician. A stress test was ordered by the physician. Betty decided … Continue reading A simple calcium test saved her husband’s life
Lung cancer can be a devastating diagnosis. Fortunately, there is a new diagnostic test now available for people at the highest risk of developing lung cancer. Jerry Barker, MD, a radiation oncologist at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth, answers some commonly asked questions about lung cancer. What is lung cancer? Lung cancer is … Continue reading What you might not know about lung cancer
There’s no easy way to say it: Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States. “More people die from lung cancer than from prostate, breast, colon and pancreas cancers combined,” said Jose F. Escobar, MD, medical director of thoracic surgery at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine and a … Continue reading Lung cancer facts: Understanding the #1 killer