Breathe Easy Mobile Lung CT Coach To Visit Walker County

Thursday, May 24, 2018

CHI Memorial’s mobile lung CT coach will provide computerized tomography screenings at the Walker County Health Department, 603 E Villanow St. in Lafayette on Wednesday, June 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
 
"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," officials said. 

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. Call 423-495-LUNG (5864) to schedule your appointment.



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