CHI Memorial’s mobile health coaches will provide mammography screenings and lung CT screenings at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic at Camp Jordan Arena, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy. in East Ridge, on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m..
The mobile mammography coach will provide screening mammograms for qualifying women. "All women should have one screening mammogram between the ages of 35-40," officials said. "After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended every year. Any woman who meets these age guidelines and has not had a mammogram in the past 12 months may participate, with or without insurance.
For those with insurance, you must bring your insurance card and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license. Insurance will be filed for you. If you do not have insurance, you may qualify for financial assistance. The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center partners with Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program and the Susan G. Komen Foundation to provide eligible uninsured and under-insured women with breast and cervical screenings. If an abnormality is discovered, the diagnostic work up is covered and a financial plan is provided for any follow-up care."
To schedule a screening, call 423-495-4040 or 866-591-2254.
The Breathe.Easy. mobile lung CT coach will provide lung CT screenings. "Lung cancer screening is a test to look for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people, officials said. "The low-dose CT scan shows a 3-D image of your lungs that is clearer and more detailed than regular x-rays, allowing doctors to diagnose lung cancer at its earliest stage, before there are any symptoms. This is when lung cancer is most curable. The whole process takes less than ten minutes and there is no need to do anything special to prepare for the screening."
The low-dose CT lung cancer scan has been shown to improve survival by 20 percent according to The National Lung Screening Trial by the National Cancer Institute.
Factors that put you at high risk of developing lung cancer include:
• Age 50 or greater
• Smoking history
• Family history of cancer
• Exposure to cancer causing agents (asbestos, diesel fumes, Radon, coal smoke, soot, etc.)
Private insurance companies cover lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals. Medicare and Medicaid also cover lung cancer screening. Grant funds are available for eligible uninsured and under-insured people to have the low-dose lung CT screening.
Call 423-495-LUNG (5864) to discuss if a lung screening is right for you, or to schedule an appointment.