Stop Smoking and Get Whole Body Benefits

The benefits after you stop smoking begin immediately and they are numerous.
Quitting any addiction is a difficult task. Addiction is a multi-layered process in which there is no quick fix, one magic pill or medicine that will ease the symptoms of withdrawal or the intense cravings. But the benefits after you stop smoking begin immediately and they are numerous.

New Tastes

When you smoke a cigarette, you are inhaling hot, carcinogen-filled smoke. Cigarettes contain as many as 4,000 chemical additives and all of these dangerous ingredients scald the surface of the tongue where your taste buds are. This leads to a loss of tasting sensitivity and taste bud regeneration which is why smokers often do not have the same perception of things like bitterness and sweetness. Upon quitting smoking, many people report the way food tastes different because of the new taste buds that have grown.

Better Skin

Smoking does not just cause harm the internal organs, it wreaks havoc on the skin. The carcinogens and nicotine in cigarettes damage the collage cells of the skin causing a higher prevalence of wrinkles and a general pallor to one’s complexion. Smoking is also extremely dehydrating, making the skin dry and dull. Although we cannot reverse the hands of time, quitting allows for better skin hydration and appearance.

Bigger Appetite

Cigarettes have been known to reduce appetite because they are a stimulant and make the metabolism do a slight jump and hunger pains can be forgotten momentarily. Many of those quitting smoking remark that they feel a sudden increase in their appetite and experience weight gain. It might a combination of loss of an oral habit along better tasting ability, but an increased appetite, within reason, is a small price for a deadly habit. Try adding a light exercise routine to your day to help combat rapid weight gain.

Clear Breathing

The effects of quitting smoking on the lungs is almost immediate. In only a few days, one can feel the difference. When using cigarettes, the smoke that you inhale burns the cilia in the lungs and esophagus. They can grow back unless repeatedly exposed to harmful cigarette smoke. Within 1-9 normal breathing without “smoker’s cough” can return

Mood and Energy (blood pressure)

A smoker’s addiction, though deadly, is nothing more than a series of chemical reactions. Chemicals in cigarettes excite the pleasure centers of the brain and make the body become addicted. Oxygen levels in the body decrease because of damage to the lungs making smokers feel sluggish until they smoke again. Carbon monoxide levels increase because the body is not getting enough oxygen and increase blood pressure. This effect makes smokers vulnerable to strokes but it can also cause a low mood and difficult sleep patterns. Nicotine addiction can be overcome in as little as 2 weeks helping with mood and at 2 months, circulation in the body increases causing better energy.

Stop smoking today and begin to feel the whole body benefits. If you have been smoking for an extended period of time, you should consider having a lung screening. While lung cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States, the sooner it is caught, the better the results treatment can make. Doctors Imaging in Metairie is the only facility in the greater New Orleans area that has been accredited by the American College of Radiology as a certified lung cancer screening center. Because of our equipment, experience, and staff, patients trust in the thoroughness and results of our screenings.

If you would like to book an appointment for a lung cancer screening, you can fill out our Request an Appointment form or you can call our offices in Metairie at 504-883-8111 Monday through Saturday.

The Importance of Low-Dose CTs as Lung Cancer Screenings

Survival rates are 5x higher when lung cancer is detected early.

Lung cancer is one of the most prominent cancers in the United States and throughout much of the world. Because of the prevalence of cigarette smoking and the subsequent secondhand smoke, more people than ever before are being diagnosed with lung tumors and cancer. According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2015 alone, as many as 153,718 people died from lung cancer.

Every year over 218,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with lung cancer and have to begin treatment. What can be done to combat these overwhelming statistics?

To begin, education about the seriousness and detrimental effect that smoking has on the body must continue. Several anti-tobacco coalitions have been successful in their efforts of creating shock and disgust at the consequences of smoking like this commercial or this video. Children need to be shown these horrifying effects early in their education and the other harmful symptoms can results due to smoking: premature aging, fertility problems, tooth decay, mouth cancer, mood imbalances, and many other side effects. If children are given the truth, a truth they can see and touch, they will probably be less inclined to try smoking as teenagers or adults.

But it isn’t just children that need to learn the dangers of lung cancer. Parents, teachers and other role models need to set an example that smoking is a serious and harmful habit that only leads to sickness, disease, and ultimately death. In addition to practicing what they preach in their own life, adults can do their part to protect their children and friends by supporting legislation that seeks to eradicate workplace smoking in places like bars, music venues, and casinos. The employees that work in these areas are only trying to make a living for their family and yet they are exposed to massive amounts of secondhand smoke every day. So many stories already exist of service industry workers contracting lung cancer even though they themselves have never smoked a cigarette in their life. It should be stopped for their protection.

This life-changing diagnosis of lung cancer can be prevented or at the very least hindered. Come to Doctors Imaging to have a low-dose lung cancer screening test performed. By having a low-dose CT scan performed, you can get a clear picture of the condition of your lungs.

You may qualify for a low-dose CT lung cancer screening test if you meet the following conditions:

  • Adults without symptoms aged 55 to 80 years
  • You have a 30 pack-year smoking history
  • You currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Having this procedure performed will help to give you, your doctors and your family better understanding of your medical condition and what the next steps should be in getting you healthy. The best part about this procedure is that it is only $99 at Doctors Imaging in Metairie as opposed to the $150-$200 price tag at hospitals.

Why is this procedure so important? By having a screening test done early — before symptoms begin — doctors can determine if there are treatments available to save a life. By having this procedure performed, the risk of death due to lung cancer can drop by almost 20%. Prevention and early detection are the best methods for staying healthy and with your family for longer, so consider Doctors Imaging for your low-dose CT lung cancer screening test.

Request your low-dose CT lung cancer screening test today using our appointment form or by calling 504-883-8111.

Doctors Imaging has recently introduced a new Lung Cancer Screening program using a 19-second low dose CT scan for only $99

What started as just one day of awareness nearly 20 years ago has turned into a month full of spreading news and important information about lung cancer to a global audience.  Lung Cancer awareness month is dedicated to educating people of the risks associated with the disease, ways to help prevent it, and to treat it.

Doctors and researchers are dedicated to decreasing the amount of deaths due to lung cancer through earlier detection and extensive screening. Lung Cancer is currently the leading cause of death among cancers, but with CT screening professionals think they can help through non-invasive tests.

The Lung Cancer Alliance is an organization that is devoted to helping advocate for those affected by the disease and spread awareness. Most people don’t know some of the shocking facts and figures ( about Lung Cancer. Here are five that we find the most astounding:

  1. A high percent of people diagnosed with Lung Cancer are current or former smokers

  2. It kills over 150,000 people a year—the second cause of death in the US next to heart disease

  3. Awareness is key because Lung Cancer research gets less government funding than Breast, Prostate, or Colon cancer

  4. Only 15 percent of cases are diagnosed early enough that the disease is still confined to the primary site because of lack of screening

  5. There is only a 15.9 five-year survival rate


The key to early detection and treatment is awareness, and so for Lung Cancer awareness month, we encourage you to share these facts and figures with your friends and families!

For further information about Lung Cancer Screening, call Doctors Imaging at  (504) 883-8111 or click onto

http://www.doctorsimaging.com

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The Debate on Lung Cancer Screenings

Blog Image 1-1If you had the choice to cure cancer in a loved one versus not doing so, what would you choose? This may seem like a silly question, but curing early lung cancer may actually be this simple for many heavy smokers that you know.
In a recent interview with Dr. Claudia Henschke of Mount Sinai Hospital, she lays it out to be this straight forward. Dr. Henschke and her colleagues introduced CT scans as an alternative to chest x-rays in the early 1990s. CT scans can detect cancer much earlier, and since a high percentage of those who die of lung cancer could have been saved with early detection, CT scans have been instrumental in lowering lung cancer fatalities.

So, who gets tested? According to the American Cancer Association, you should get a low dose CT scan of your lungs if you are considered a high-risk patient which includes people who are 55 to 74 years and in fairly good health, have a smoking history equivalent to a pack a day for 30 years, and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. These parameters can include healthy people who don’t suffer from any visible health issues.

Regardless of whether or not people think they are sick, it is recommended to get tested anyways. At Doctors Imaging we provide low dose CT lung screenings for only $99.

There is some concern about the use of CT screenings because the images obtained are so detailed and clear. These scans can indicate the smallest of noncancerous nodules causing some medical professionals to worry about the unnecessary attention the CT scans will cause. These concerns are minimized by having qualified physicians involved with their patients in health care decisions. However, the real question is how many lives can these screenings save? Of the 200,000 people diagnosed every year, early detection can often cure a high percentage.

Here at Doctors Imaging, we think screening is very important.

Low-Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening Recommended By USPSTF

In a groundbreaking move for the American radiology industry, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended that high-risk patients receive low-dose CT scans to screen for lung cancer. The announcement follows previous evidence which indicated that preventive CT scans are effective in reducing lung cancer deaths. Healthcare professionals across the country are already praising the announcement for sparking an important progression in the fight against cancer. In an interview with The New York Times, Dr. Harold E. Varmus, the director of the National Cancer Institute, said the recommendation would “change the way people think about lung cancer.” Dr. Michael LeFevre, a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri, told the Times that widespread use of CT scans could prevent around 14 percent of lung cancer deaths each year.

 

At Doctors Imaging, we are looking forward to the positive benefits this announcement will have on our patients and their families. As an American College of Radiology accredited facility, we will be working alongside healthcare providers throughout the nation to spread awareness on how low-dose CT scans can prevent lung cancer deaths. While prior studies had been published promoting the benefits of CT screenings, the USPSTF’s endorsement is nonetheless an important step forward for radiologists everywhere. Healthcare professionals nationwide will be working to raise awareness about the importance of CT scans, and their efforts will be assisted by several government organizations, including Congress, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Cancer Institute.

 

We bring this news to you, our loyal patients, because we are dedicated to providing the community with up to date information on how our low-cost, high-quality services can benefit your overall healthcare experience. We offer low-dose CT scans for only $99, a price unmatched by area hospitals. For more on our services, staff, and appointment information, please visit our website (link) or call 504-883-8111 to speak with a live representative.

 

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