Genesis Offers Free 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. 17.
Screenings will be available in the atrium of Pavilion I, Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, in Davenport from 9-11 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.
“Quite often, it is a cigarette smoker who suffers loss of lung function. Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor in developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.’’
According to the American Cancer Society, the risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher in male smokers and 13 times higher in female smokers, compared to lifelong non-smokers.
Smoking cessation information will be available along with information about low-dose CT scans for smokers who qualify. There will also be a prize wheel and handouts regarding cancer prevention and screenings.
“There are a number of effective methods to stop smoking. We hope that these screenings, along with the information available about how to try to quit, will help encourage smokers to at least think about trying to quit,’’ said Chris Pekios, RRT, Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
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, nearly 17 percent of U.S. adults (ages 18 and older) smoke. Progress has been made. The rate in 2005 was 20.9 percent. Cigarette smoking is more common among men (18.8%) than women (14.8%).
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths, or one of every five deaths, in the United States each year.