Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer kills more people than the next three cancers combined.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November is an effort to raise awareness of the need for more research and better community awareness of this disease.

Lung cancer can affect anyone, whether they smoked or not.

An estimated 156,000 lung cancer deaths are expected to occur in 2019. This is about 27% of all cancer deaths. Federal funding for lung cancer research per death is just $1,680 compared to $25,000 for breast cancer, $12,600 for prostate cancer, and $6,300 for colon cancer.

Lung cancer has the lowest 5-year survival rate of the other most common cancers.

  • Lung Cancer 17%
  • Prostate cancer 99%
  • Breast Cancer 89%
  • Colorectal Cancer 65%

Thanks to advances in technology, early detection screening using spiral CT has been shown to reduce lung cancer deaths by 16-20%, compared to standard chest x-rays.

When detected early, lung cancer patients have more treatment options and a far greater chance of survival. The key is being tested for lung cancer early.


Lung cancer symptoms aren’t normally apparent in the early stage. Typically, lung cancer is diagnosed in a late-stage due to the symptoms being more prevalent.

Classic symptoms of lung cancer, that by themselves aren’t generally worrisome. If you experience any of these symptoms, please talk to your doctor to rule out lung cancer.

  • Persistent cough (especially coughing up rust-colored sputum)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Hoarseness
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Bone pain

Tests your doctor may recommend:

Risk factors for lung cancer:

  • Smoking
  • Exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Exposure to radon gas
  • Exposure to asbestos
  • Exposure to other carcinogens
  • Air pollution
  • Arsenic in drinking water
  • Previous radiation to lungs
  • Personal or family history of lung cancer

Ways you can help:

If you have any of the symptoms above or for more information, please consult your physician.

National COPD Awareness Month

November is National COPD Awareness Month, which is when the focus is on educating people about COPD.

COPD affects an estimated 11 million Americans.

An estimated 11 million Americans suffer from COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and several million other Americans likely have it and don’t know it.

Early diagnosis and treatment can help people with COPD live a higher quality of life and health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of COPD are:

  • Frequent coughing or wheezing
  • Excess phlegm or sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble taking a deep breath

COPD is diagnosed by taking a simple breathing test called spirometry. Treatment includes medication, pulmonary rehabilitation, and supplemental oxygen.

You can find out more information on COPD at the COPD Foundation’s Facebook page.


Men are facing a health crisis, yet it’s rarely talked about.

Movember is a movement to get people talking about men’s health.

Men are dying too young. We can’t afford to stay silent.

The Movember movement was started to raise money to get more research and awareness for Prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1250 men’s health projects around the world, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men. To find out more about the work Movember is doing, click here.

Ways to Get Involved:

  • Grow
    • Decide to Grow
    • Grow your mustache
    • Inspire other people to grow out their mustache for men’s health
  • Move
    • Commit to running or walking 60 miles over the month
    • Connect a fitness tracker to your Mo Space and log every step
    • Encourage others to move along with you
  • Host
    • Choose the type of function you’re hosting
    • Let family and friends know where you’ll be and when
    • Collect donations from attendees

So, if you’re inspired to grow a Mo’, let’s see it! Share your Mo’ with us on our Facebook page.

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

September 25, 2019 is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Women’s Health and Fitness day is meant to bring awareness to the importance of regular exercise and healthy living for women of all stages of life.

Healthy Lifestyle Ideas:

  • See your physician for a checkup to monitor your health and make adjustments as needed.
  • Eat “superfood” – broccoli, apples, other fruits and vegetables, and lean meats.
  • Take up a new sport or take your current sport to a new level with a trainer.
  • Take a nap. Sleep is beneficial to your heart, mind, and weight.
  • Take a walk with a friend. Not only is the walk good for your body, but the time spent with a friend is also invaluable to your emotional well-being.
  • Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, like dairy products and leafy greens.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get a massage. The health benefits are immeasurable.

Of course, working out with a friend is one of the most fun ways to get and stay in shape. Take it from Claudia and Alma, our amazing marketers!

Pink October 2019 Press Release


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Initiative provides free screenings to women in need

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 13, 2019) – Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. Every year, more than 250,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed; an average of one woman every two minutes. Unfortunately, many women in Central Florida will forgo this important annual screening because they lack health insurance.

Shepherd’s Hope and Sand Lake Imaging are partnering to provide free mammograms to women in need in our Orlando community. For each new patient who gets a mammogram at Sand Lake Imaging during the month of October, the facility will donate a free mammogram screening to an uninsured Shepherd’s Hope patient. It is the seventh consecutive year for the “Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram” initiative held in conjunction with national Breast Cancer Awareness Month

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but for those who are uninsured, this life-saving procedure is far from reach,” said Pam Gould, president and CEO of Shepherd’s Hope. “We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with Sand Lake Imaging that allows Shepherd’s Hope to provide local uninsured women with this essential medical exam at no charge.” Shepherd’s Hope provides free primary and secondary medical services to the one in four Central Floridians who are uninsured or underinsured at five health center locations in Central Florida.

Annual mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer early and help reduce breast cancer mortality. “Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among American women of all ages, with 21 percent of all cases occurring before the age of 50,” said Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging. “Routine annual screening mammography for an average-risk woman beginning at the age of 40 has been proven to save lives and gives more treatment options if diagnosed early. Our mammography provides better, earlier breast cancer detection for patients with results that are significantly more accurate than 2D exams alone, detecting 20-60% more invasive breast cancers than its 2D counterparts. We also reduce callbacks by up to 40%, compared to 2D alone.”

Screening mammogram appointments can be scheduled at any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three convenient outpatient radiology centers during this Pink October and up till December 31st, 2019. To schedule an appointment call 407-363-2772 or Schedule Your Appointment Today!.

About Shepherd’s Hope

Shepherd’s Hope is the leading voice for the uninsured and underinsured in Central Florida. Founded in 1997, the faith-based nonprofit organization provides free primary care and specialty care medical services to uninsured men, women, and children from five free-standing health centers in Orange and Seminole counties. In 2017, Shepherd’s Hope provided 19,575 free patient visits and medical services thanks to partnerships with 2,800 licensed medical and general volunteers, 3 community hospital systems, 100 diagnostic/secondary providers and 23 multi-faith partners. To learn more, visit their website or call (407) 876-6699, ext. 228.

About Sand Lake Imaging

Sand Lake Imaging is committed to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging to the patients and physicians of the Central Florida community in a cost-effective and timely manner. The staff and radiologists recognize that, in the performance of their duties, they must continually seek to improve services while remaining sensitive to patients’ needs. Learn more by calling (407) 363-2772.

In Partnership With Shepherd’s Hope, Pink October 2019

This October, Sand Lake Imaging partners with Shepherd’s Hope for the Seventh Year

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is one of the most important health awareness initiatives in the United States in terms of the research and fundraising that is done to find a cure. Sand Lake Imaging has once again partnered with Shepherd’s Hope to bring the Get a Mammogram, Give a Mammogram to the Orlando community again.

A Gift From One Woman to Another

During the month of October through December 31st, every new patient that gets a mammogram at one of our three locations gifts a free mammogram to a woman in our community who is uninsured.

A reminder of why it’s important to get mammograms.

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among American women of all ages. Routine annual screening mammography for an average-risk woman beginning at the age of 40 has been proven to save lives and gives more treatment options if diagnosed early.” – Dr. Robert Posniak, women’s specialty radiologist and president of Sand Lake Imaging

When you’re scheduling your mammogram this year, the choice is clear. Sand Lake Imaging delivers 3D mammograms with half the radiation of a standard 2D image and half the compression time. Screening mammogram appointments can be scheduled at any of Sand Lake Imaging’s three convenient outpatient radiology centers during this Pink October and up till December 31st, 2019.

Every Woman Receives a Gift

In addition to partnering with Shepherd’s Hope to help local, uninsured women receive mammograms, Sand Lake Imaging wants to encourage women to obtain their annual mammograms beginning at age 40. To show our appreciation to all of our patients for choosing Sand Lake Imaging, we are also giving away this beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness compact mirror to any patient who has a mammogram at any one of our three facilities. To schedule an appointment call 407-363-2772.

Prostate Cancer Awareness

National Prostate Health Month is observed every September

Bringing public awareness to the importance of prostate health, providing more accessible prostate health screenings, educating about risk factors for prostate-related diseases, and advocating for more research on prostate health issues.

In light of National Prostate Health Month, here are some facts regarding Prostate cancer:

  • This year, over 161,000 men will be diagnosed with Prostate cancer.
  • It is the most common non-skin cancer in men in the United States.
  • More than 90% of men who are diagnosed have localized disease, meaning the cancer has not spread outside of the prostate.
  • Nearly 3 million men in America are Prostate cancer survivors.
  • Two screening tests detect prostate cancer:
    • Digital rectal examination
    • Blood test which detects prostate-specific antigen
  • A diagnosis is then confirmed with a biopsy.
  • There are three care options for localized Prostate cancer:
    • Active surveillance – some prostate cancers may never become life-threatening. If you and your doctor choose this option, you may have more frequent DRE and PSA tests.
    • Radiation therapy – Brachytherapy and external beam radiation are the two types of radiation therapy. With brachytherapy, small radioactive “seeds” are planted in the prostate. With external beam radiation, the prostate and other vital tissues are carefully targeted with radiation.
    • Surgery or Radical prostatectomy – This is an operation to remove the whole prostate and nearby tissues.
  • If you are over 55 years in age talk to your doctor about prostate screening.
  • Some men are at higher risk. If you are 40 to 54 years old and are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer, it is recommended that you consult your physician for a prostate screening.
  • To look for Prostate cancer that may have spread, some imaging tests may be performed. Those include:

At Sand Lake Imaging we are dedicated to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging to the patients and physicians in our communities.

Our imaging equipment is the most advanced in our area and our radiologists are among the best trained in Central Florida. When it comes to your medical imaging procedures, trust the tradition of imaging excellence at Sand Lake Imaging. Our office located in The Villages is equipped with the latest state of the art 3T MRI technology and parameters to maximize prostate imaging and the detection of prostate cancer.

Ask your doctor to send you to Sand Lake Imaging in Orlando, Lady Lake, or Maitland for your diagnostic imaging needs.

Is Golf Good For Your Health?

Florida has over 1400 golf courses.

August is National Golf Month, which is a great way to get more people involved in golf.

The Sunshine State offers over 1400 golf courses, more than any other state. Orlando alone has roughly 65 courses. Living in Central Florida guarantees you know someone who loves golf and for good reason. Not only is it a great way to spend a beautiful Florida sunshiny day, but it also allows you numerous health benefits.

Mental health – the game of golf keeps your mind alert and provides human contact with others which can boost your psyche. Being surrounded by nature is good for the mind and soul. The game can be a good source of healthy competition and be as fierce as you want it to be. Keeping score, weighing the next shot and figuring out which club to use based on your skill level all help to keep your mind sharp.

Stress-reduction – For years, we’ve known that walking can reduce stress, increasing endorphins and serotonin levels. When you escape the hassles of your day-to-day routine, you are increasing the likelihood of relaxation.

Exercise – apart from the walking 5-6 miles for a full 18-hole game, the swing itself is great for providing a full-body workout. A full swing works the arms, legs, back, and core. If you’re looking for a shorter workout, hit the driving range and see how many swings you get in out of a bucket of balls. One round of walking 18 holes of golf can work off 1500 calories!

If you’re looking for a low-impact sport, this is it! The kinds of stresses and strains that sports like tennis, running, and basketball can put on joints don’t happen in golf.

Better sleep – Using your body and brain in the fresh air will make for a better sleep. You’ll fall asleep faster, sleep deeper and stay asleep longer.

Make friends – Playing golf with friends and family, or meeting other players at the course, are a great way to up your social circle.

Of course, there are downsides to golf as well.

Over-indulging in food and drink – Most golf clubs offer food and a beverage cart, which is great for an occasional treat, but if you’re playing every day and eating and drinking from the cart you’re likely to over-indulge. Hot dogs and beer every day should not be a steady diet. Try to bring your own heart-healthy snacks and drink more water.

Sunburns – Remember to wear your sunblock to be sun-safe. Skin cancer is a real threat to golfers.

Injuries – Injuries are a real threat to golfers.  The most common golf injuries are

  • Back pain is caused by being hunched over your club and rotating through your swing.
  • Rotator cuff injury which occurs from swinging the club over and over. This can occur from muscles and tendons tearing.
  • Tendinitis is commonly referred to as “tennis elbow” or “golf elbow”. It is irritation and inflammation of the outer tendon.
  • Knee pain and damage can occur from the stress and strain put on your knee through the power of your swing.
  • Tendinitis in the wrist happens when the wrist tendons become overly fatigued and inflamed.

Some ways to prevent these injuries from happening are to make sure you are using the proper form, practice strength training, and wear the proper shoes. If you’re feeling any pain, contact your physician and get a referral to Sand Lake Imaging to have your imaging exams.

We recommend you get out there as often as you can! During the month of August, several courses may have deals for golfers to enjoy National Golf Month. Check your favorite course to see what they offer.

August is Family Fun Month!

We can’t think of a better place to have fun than in our own backyard! Central Florida is an amazing place to call home. Why should the tourists have all the fun in our beautiful state?

Sand Lake Imaging cares about your family so we came up with some of our most favorite things to do and places to visit with our families. Of course, the beach and the theme parks are on just about everyone’s list, but if you’re looking for something a little less crowded and laid back, check out our ideas below.

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park

You can swing from a trapeze, a zip line, and challenge yourselves with other aerial obstacles. With 15 acres close to the Disney area, there’s bound to be something for everyone in your party. It’s also open 7 days a week, rain or shine!

Tree Trek Adventure Park

Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon

It is a beautiful spot for camping, tubing, swimming, hiking, and so many more fun family adventures. There is a snack stand, and a small gift shop. The park even boasts a waterfall! If you’re making this a day trip, plan to stay all day because the beauty of this park will make you never want to leave.

Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon, Florida

 Orlando Science Center

Another fun option is the Orlando Science Center. It’s a nice way to get out of the heat of summer, but also a fun way to learn a bit about the earth around us. Their exhibits change frequently so check their website before you go to see what exhibits and films are being featured. If you’ve never been to the Science Center, it should most definitely be on your list!

Common Ground Park in Lakeland

If it’s a playground you’re looking for, head to Common Ground Park in Lakeland, the area’s first inclusive playground for people with special needs. It is geared for all abilities and ages. There are many different playgrounds, areas to relax, and lots of beauty to take in. There is also plenty of shade and pavilions.

Common Ground Community Park in Lakeland, Florida

Santos Trailhead

If biking is your thing, check out the Santos Trailhead and campground in Belleview, Florida. With over 80 miles of trails, there is a trail for everyone in your family. At this trailhead, there is also access to the Cross Florida Greenway’s extensive equestrian trail network. You can also access the Florida Scenic Hiking trail. There is so much to experience here!

Of course, there are hundreds of beaches and lakes in Florida as well. Take your pick! You really can’t go wrong because the beauty of Florida is that there are so many options for family fun.

Some other ideas for at-home fun:

  • Playing cards – Teach the kids you favorite card game.
  • Playing board games – Such a simple and fun way to connect with your family
  • A family “book club” – Each of you read a chapter of a chosen book aloud and then discuss is as a family
  • Family bike ride around your neighborhood – get on your bikes and tear up the streets of your neighborhood! Don’t forget to say hey to your neighbors!
  • Kids Cook Dinner Night – let your kids plan the menu and cook the meal
  • Family dance party night – crank up the tunes and dance

What are some of the things your family enjoys doing in Florida? We’d love to hear your ideas!