Published on November 14, 2014

Genesis Offers Pulmonary Function Screenings In Conjunction With Great American Smokeout

Genesis Medical Center will be offering free pulmonary function screenings and smoking cessation information in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Screenings will be available in the atrium of Pavilion I, Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, in Davenport from 9-11:30 a.m.

Wendy Ballou RN, Cancer Nurse Navigator for the Genesis Cancer Care Institute, said the pulmonary function screening will provide patients with an important baseline of their breathing function.  Individuals being screened will be asked to breathe into a mouthpiece that measures function.

“The test is not only for smokers, but it is especially important for
smokers or former smokers to have a baseline like this,’’ Ballou said.  “It’s similar to having a baseline electrocardiogram so you have something to compare future EKG tests to.

“This type of test is a way to determine whether there is an abnormal breathing function.  Quite often, it is a cigarette smoker who suffers loss of lung function, and cigarette smoking is the most important risk factor in developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.’’

Smoking cessation information and information about free low-dose CT scans for past smokers will also be available.  Genesis Philanthropy has had several success stories of finding early stage lung cancers through the use of free low-dose CT screenings.  The later the cancer is found, the higher the mortality risk.

There are a number of effective methods to stop smoking. Genesis hopes the pulmonary screenings and information on how to quit will encourage smokers to at least think about trying to quit.

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises awareness of effective methods for quitting.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 43.8 million people, or 19.0% of all adults (aged 18 years or older), in the United States smoke cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is more common among men (21.6%) than women (16.5%).

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 440,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, in the United States each year.


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