GRU Cancer Center offers free lung screenings

GRU Cancer Center offers free lung screenings

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The GRU Cancer Center and the GRHealth Department of Radiology have teamed up to offer free lung screenings to patients meeting certain high-risk criteria.

The program, which utilizes computerized tomography, or CT, to create a series of detailed scans of areas inside the body, will be available to patients that fall within one of two criteria groups.

The first is people 55 to 80 years old that are currently smokers or have quit within the past 15 years and smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 or more years.

The second group is people 50 to 80 years old that have smoked at least a pack a day for 20 or more years and have one of the following additional lung cancer risks: personal cancer history, family history, emphysema of chronic bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, long-term exposure to asbestos, asbestos-related lung disease or pulmonary asbestosis, or long term-exposure to silica, cadium, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, diesel fumes, nickel, radon, uranium, coal smoke or soot or have worked in a nuclear facility.

For more information, or to schedule a screening, call 706-446-LUNG or e-mail

From Georgia Regents University.