Local Health Alert: “Love Your Lungs” This Valentine’s Day

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The University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research is celebrating Valentine’s Day, with an emphasis on health. Experts are asking people most at risk for lung cancer to “Love Your Lungs,” with a free screening this Friday.

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in both men and women, claiming more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

“220,000 people are dying from this disease both men and women. It doesn’t care how much money you make. It doesn’t care what color you are,” exlpains Jeremy Sanders, Community Cancer Coordinator for the West Cancer Center.

Early detection is key to its treatment, but in its early stages, lung cancer often doesn’t have any symptoms.

Uninsured patients, between the ages of 55 and 77, who’ve smoked a pack a day for 30-years or two packs a day for 15-years, qualify for the screening. Medical providers will take a CT scan of the lungs and results are offered the same day.

“We can see that there is something different. We can see abnormal tissue and we may need to wait and observe it, in 2 or 3 months we’ll repeat the scan,” says LaTonya Hardy, a chemotherapy Nurse Practitioner with West Cancer Center.

Patients who participate will also be offered help to quit smoking, if they want it.

Appointments are necessary for the event. Those that meet these criteria should contact 901-922-6781 to schedule their screening.

West Cancer Center’s Midtown-Memphis location is located at 1588 Union Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. CLICK HERE for contact information.

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