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.

Breathe Easy Low-Dose Mobile Lung CT Screenings

  • Tuesday, May 26,  9 a.m. - 2 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates - Spring City, 225 Clinton Ave., Spring City, TN 37381
  • Friday, May 29, 2020, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 3rd Street Mobile CT,  2115 East 3rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37404
  • Monday, June 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. City of Copperhill, 160 Main St., Copperhill, TN
  • Friday, June 5, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., 3rd Street Mobile CT, 2115 East 3rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37404
  • Monday, June 8, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., CHI Memorial Family Practice Associates – Soddy Daisy, 210 Walmart Dr., Soddy Daisy, TN
  • Wednesday, June 10, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lowe’s, 1212 Cleveland Hwy, Dalton, GA
  • Tuesday, June 15, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lowe’s, 1751 Congress Pkwy, Athens, TN
  • Friday, June 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grundy County High School, 24970 Sr. 108, Coalmont, TN
  • Monday, June 22, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Homeless Healthcare, 730 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN
  • Tuesday, June 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Silver Tree Seniors, 5465 Hwy 59, Chattanooga, TN
  • Wednesday, June 24, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rossville Clinic, 205 Jenkins Rd., Rossville, GA
  • Thursday, June 25, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ashwood Square, 7683 Shallowford Rd., Chattanooga, TN
  • Monday, June 29, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Chi Memorial Family Practice Associates – Spring City, 225 Clinton Ave., Spring City, TN
  • Tuesday, June 30, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Partners in Care, 5616 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 

 

 

To register for a low-dose CT lung screening, call (423) 495-5864 (LUNG).

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

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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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