Women and Lung Cancer


Lung cancer kills more women every year than breast, ovarian and cervical cancers combined. Lung cancer was once mostly a male disease associated with smoking.  But women can’t assume that whether they never smoked, or if they stopped years ago, that they don't need to be on the lookout for this deadly cancer. They do.

Women who have never smoked appear to be at two to three times greater risk for developing lung cancer than men who have never smoked. Women also tend to develop lung cancer at younger ages than men.

Don’t be scared, be screened. Low-dose CT Lung Screening at Jupiter Medical Center gives you the ability to take that first step to safeguard your health. Based on the National Lung Screening Trial guidelines, screening recommendations are: age 55 to 74 years old, have no personal history of cancer, current or former heavy smoker or quit smoking less than ten years ago. If you have any signs or symptoms of lung disease you would require a diagnostic test, not a screening. The cost of this screening is $99; you can self-refer by contacting the Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center at (561) 263-5560. 

The Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center at Jupiter Medical Center offers the area’s only comprehensive program dedicated to the prevention, early detection and treatment of lung cancer. This unique program spans the continuum of care and streamlines the diagnosis and coordination of treatment to achieve better outcomes. Jupiter Medical Center’s Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center has been named a Center of Excellence by Veran Medical Technologies, one of only five hospitals in the nation to achieve this prestigious recognition. As a Center of Excellence, Jupiter Medical Center is a teaching hub, performing procedures using Veran’s equipment, attended by physicians from across the country or viewed via webcast. 

The Center’s comprehensive continuum of care includes:

  • Board Certified Multidisciplinary Team of Physicians
  • Advanced Imaging Services
  • CT Lung Screening Program
  • Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound (EUS)
  • Navigational Bronchoscopy
  • Lung Nodule Clinic
  • Minimally-Invasive & Robotic Surgery
  • Genomic Profiling of Tumors for Individualized Treatment Planning
  • Thoracic Multidisciplinary Clinic
  • Lung Cancer Patient Navigator
  • Chemotherapy & Infusion
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Interventional Oncology
  • Clinical Research Trials
  • STAR® Oncology Survivorship and Rehabilitation program
  • Support Services
  • Integrative Medicine Services

The program is led by K. Adam Lee, MD, Board Certified Thoracic Surgeon, who serves as the medical director. Minimally-invasive thoracic surgery, including robotic assisted thoracic surgery, has changed the future of lung surgery. Dr. Lee was the first surgeon in Florida to perform robotic assisted thoracic surgery and the first surgeon in the country to perform robotic lung surgery using the four arm technique. With over a decade of experience, he has since performed more than 600 cases and continues to lead the way in bringing the latest surgical techniques to our area. 

To learn more about The Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center at Jupiter Medical Center and the services we provide, call our Lung Cancer Patient Navigator at (561) 263-3604 or visit jupitermed.com/lung.

K. Adam Lee, MD is a board certified thoracic surgeon and Medical Director of the Thoracic Surgery & Lung Center of Excellence at Jupiter Medical Center.