CHI Memorial’s mobile lung CT coach will visit the following locations in Chattanooga the week of Aug. 17:
• Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at YMCA Healthy Living Center at North River, 4138 Hixson Pike, Chattanooga, Tn. 37415
• Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hamilton Family YMCA, 7430 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421
• Friday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Guerry Heart and Vascular Center at CHI Memorial, 2601 Robbins Street, Chattanooga, Tn. 37404
All patients will wear a mask and are asked to bring their own if they have one. A mask will be provided if a patient does not already have one.
Officials said, "Lung cancer screening is a test to look for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. 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 (NLST) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
"Factors that put you at high risk of developing lung cancer include:
• Age 50 or greater;
• Smoking history;
• Family history of cancer; or
• 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.
"If you feel you are at risk, call us at 423-495-LUNG (5864) to discuss if a lung screening is right for you, or to schedule an appointment."