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Early detection saves lives

Lung cancer screening

CHI Memorial Chest and Lung Cancer Center at the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute diagnoses and treats lung cancer. To determine whether you have a high risk of developing lung cancer and may benefit from a lung cancer screening:

  • Age 50 or greater
  • Smoking history
  • Family history of cancer
  • Exposure to cancer causing agents (asbestos, diesel fumes, Radon, coal smoke, soot, etc.)

A low - dose computed tomography (CT) scan shows a 3 - D image of the 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. Lung cancer symptoms do not usually occur until the cancer is advanced, and may include persistent cough, sputum streaked with blood, chest pain, voice change, worsening shortness of breath, and recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis.

  • CHI Memorial’s Breathe Easy mobile lung CT coach allows us to take low - dose CT lung screening out into our communities and reach people who may not have access or the opportunity to get this scan otherwise. This technology is the first of its kind in the Chattanooga region, and the only fully independent unit in the nation.
  • 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). Private insurance companies cover lung cancer screening for high - risk individuals. Medicare and Medicaid also cover lung cancer screening. In order to receive a lung cancer screening, you must have a doctor’s referral. If you feel that you are at risk, call your doctor and say you are interested in a low - dose CT scan.

The Breathe Easy mobile lung CT coach serves 11 counties in Tennessee, eight counties in North Georgia, and two counties in Northeast Alabama. Screenings will be offered at the locations listed below.

To register, call (423) 495-5864.

To schedule the coach for an event, call (423) 495-2540.

  • Monday, August 19, 2019, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., AIM Center, 472 W M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., City of Chattanooga Well Advantage Clinic, 620 E 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Primary Healthcare Center, 205 Jenkins Road, Rossville, GA 30741
  • Saturday, August 24, 2019, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fannin County Public Library, 400 W Main St #104, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
  • Monday, August 26, 2019, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Burritt Memorial Library, 427 College St, Spencer, TN 38585
  • Tuesday, August 27, 2019,  10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Jasper Public Library, 14 West Second Streetm Jasper, TN 37347
  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library, 310 Cappes Street, Dalton, GA 30720
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., East Polk Public Library, 136 Main Street, Ste A, Copperhill, TN 37317
  • Thursday, August 29, 2019, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., West Polk Public Library, 126 Polk Street, Benton, TN 37307
  • Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Soddy Daisy, 210 Walmart Drive, Soddy Daisy, TN 37379
  • Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, 417 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
  • Monday, September 9, 2019, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Healthforce Primary Care, 16740 Rankin Avenue, Dunlap, TN 37327
  • Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., CHI Memorial Center for Healthy Aging: Boynton Towers, 957 Boynton Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37402
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Beersheba Springs Public Library, 19683 State Route 56, Beersheba Springs, Tennessee 37305
  • Monday, September 16, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Primary Healthcare Center, 13570 N Main St., Trenton, GA 30752
  • Thursday, September 19, 2109, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Spring City, 225 Clinton Avenue, Spring City, TN 37381
  • Friday, September 20, 2019, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Pikeville Family Dentistry, 3086 Main Street, Pikeville, TN 37367
  • Friday, September 27, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Homeless Health Care of Chattanooga, 730 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
  • Monday, September 30, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Spring City, 225 Clinton Avenue, Spring City, TN 37381
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Together you can discuss your risk and decide if a lung screening is right for you. Call (423) 495-LUNG (5864) for more information.



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