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At the turn of the 20th century, lung cancer was rare, as was smoking. It is easy to lose sight of this and what it implies: lung cancer need rarely exist. Tragically, in the 21st century, lung cancer has become the most common cause of cancer death in both men and women. It is so common that patients frequently diagnose it themselves, stopping smoking a few months before they go to the doctor because they know the symptoms all too well; the nightmare has turned into reality.
We are in the middle of an epidemic, proceeding in slow motion; a slow but lethal progression of a disease veiled in the cloud of advertising, habit and addiction. So much suffering…and it is preventable.
The Margarita Camche Smoking Cessation Program of the St.Luke’s Mount Sinai West aims to reach every smoker in our community, providing support and therapy that works.
Smokers need to hear the good news that they absolutely can succeed in quitting, that current pharmacologic therapy not only works but works well and prevents the very difficult withdrawal and cravings that were faced in the past. Equally, smokers need to be aware that they must succeed…that otherwise cancers form, lungs gets destroyed, asthma becomes unmanageable, diabetes produces escalating vascular disease, blindness and renal failure, and on and on.
How do we reach out to the community? We use a wide variety of approaches to reach a wide variety of people:
We need to reach all smokers in our community to let them know that help is available for this tough addiction, and that they will succeed!
If you are a smoker, come and see us…….you won’t regret it!
We are located at Mount Sinai St. Luke's on Tuesday mornings, 212-523-4410, Clark building, 2nd floor, area H and at Mount Sinai West on Wed mornings 212-523-6056, Winston building, 2nd floor area 2N.
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