Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is starting a new program called "Lung Watch" that will give free services and counseling to 200 people in need.
This program will help concerned residents find, if any, early signs of lung cancer and guide them through ways of how to treat it. This program will be available to those residing in Lee, Dougherty, Mitchell, Worth and Terrell County.
Cathy D'Amico Lung Navigator at Phoebe Putney said, "it carries you through not only screening, if there is something there, the next step, what is done and then another step; we carry you all the way through. "
Primary physicians will be able to recommend residents for this free pilot program starting Thursday if they meet the requirements.
In order to qualify for this program participants, must be 55 to 74 years of age, a current smoker or has quit in the past 15 years, who smoked at least one pack a day for at least 30 years. The other option is being 50 to 74 years of age who smoked at least one pack a day for 20 or more years and has one of the following risk factors; personal cancer history, family lung history (first degree), emphysema/pulmonary fibrosis or carcinogen exposure.