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Free lung cancer screenings

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Northwest Cancer Clinic is holding its first, free lung cancer screenings starting on Friday.

They are accepting people 55 or older who have a history of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or more.

The screenings are designed for patients who do not have symptoms but qualify under the requirements.

Physicians said they use very low dose CT scans to make it easier for patients.

"The dose with a low CT screening is less than a quarter, but really really low doses from a regular CT scan. It also doesn't require IV contrast and so it's easier for people to tolerate," said Sheila Rege, a Physician at Northwest Cancer Clinic.

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women.

For a free screening call the Northwest Cancer Clinic at 987-1800.