NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) will host Lung Cancer Awareness Day for community members on Thursday, November 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to raise awareness about the importance of early detection, prevention and treatment of lung cancer.

The educational event will take place at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, located at One Robert Wood Johnson Place in New Brunswick, NJ.

The month of November brings lung cancer into focus, helping to increase the public’s understanding of the disease, its prevalence, risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and approaches to screening, early detection and prevention. In an effort to combat the disease that remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, RWJUH welcomes members of the community to attend its event and learn more about lung cancer.

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RWJUH will have a mega lung on display, allowing visitors to have a highly-interactive experience and step inside the human lung model to learn about the respiratory system’s most critical organ. Inside the mega lung, visitors will learn about the various structures and lung functions, and observe examples of lung trauma and disease.

Educational displays will also be on site from Boston Scientific, Respiratory Therapy: Pulse Oximetry, RWJ Fitness and Wellness Center, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Anesthesia, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Pulmonary Division, Smoking Cessation, Lung Cancer Screening Registration and the American Lung Alliance. Nursing poster presentations will cover the topics of smoking effects, lung anatomy, second-hand smoke effects and smoking during pregnancy. A number of RWJ’s physicians and experts will be available throughout the day to discuss the risk factors surrounding the disease, prevention, treatment options, and will answer questions from attendees. Information will also be available on RWJUH’s lung cancer screening program.

“Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, with a projected 224,210 new cases to be diagnosed in this year alone, making education an extremely critical factor in improving lung health outcomes,” said Michael Steinberg, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Tobacco Dependence Program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “We now have screening tests for lung cancer that reduce mortality.  Patient survival for lung cancer is highest when detected and treated early, and we are committed to informing the community of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer and preventative measures, such as quitting smoking.  These are things that they and their loved ones can do to reduce their risk of developing lung cancer.”

The event is free to the public and registration is not required.

To learn more about RWJUH, please visit www.rwjuh.edu.

For a referral to a physician affiliated with RWJUH, please call 1-888-MD-RWJUH.

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