SALINAS, CA, October 12, 2018- Three Board certified physicians specializing in Pulmonary Medicine, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery and Hematology and Oncology are taking part in the latest Ask The Experts event hosted by Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS). The free community event on Wednesday October 17th is a unique interactive evening with physicians demonstrating the latest advanced technology for the early detection of lung cancer.

“Every year, more people die of lung cancer than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined, we want to change that,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “Advancements in technology are allowing us to detect lung cancer at an early stage and this is a game changer for the successful treatment of this disease. Our physicians are on the cutting edge of lung cancer medical treatment and look forward to sharing their knowledge with the community.”

Board certified physicians Geetha Varma, MD, Mario Cole, MD and Patrick Griffith, MD, FACS are the featured speakers at this Lung Cancer forum. Each physician will address a specific area of interest when it comes to prevention, screening, detection, surgery and treatment.

“Effective intervention can reduce the risk of lung cancer,” says Geetha Varma, MD. “Current and former smokers are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer as they age. Usually symptoms don’t appear until the disease is already at an advanced, non-curable stage. We urge people who currently smoke or who have already quit to attend this educational event, it could save their lives.”

Prior to the main program, SVMHS registered Respiratory Care Practitioners will conduct interactive presentations on the dangers of vaping, its long term health effects and why vaping is now considered an epidemic among teenagers. On display will be different kinds of vaping devices and e-cigarettes including some which resemble thumb drives that parents should be aware of.

The Ask the Experts Take A Deep Breath: Avoiding, Detecting and Beating Lung Cancer presentation will take place Wednesday, October 17th. Doors open at 5pm. There will be healthy appetizers and a health information fair. The free event takes place in Ryan Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging located at 5 Lower Ragsdale in Monterey. Seating is limited. RSVP is required. To register visit svmh.com/asktheexperts or call 831-759-1890. Spanish language interpreter and listening equipment available upon request when registering.