The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Thursday, October 19, 2000
Paducah, Kentucky

Lung cancer tests offered to workers

A test that can detect lung cancer at an early stage will be offered to workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant starting Monday.

PACE International Union along with Queens College of the City University of New York is offering the National Early Lung Cancer Detection Project so local Department of Energy employees can be tested. The tests will be preformed in a mobile unit at the local union hall.

"This lung cancer detection program is part of the Worker Health Protection Program, a medical screening and education program for DOE workers," PACE spokesman Lynne Baker said. "It is conducted independently of DOE and provides medical information about occupational diseases to workers and their physicians."

The formal opening for the unit will start at 11 a.m. Monday at PACE Local 5-550 union hall at 2525 Cairo Street. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield are scheduled to speak during the opening, along with union leaders and the projects organizers.

The union did not say how long the tests will be offered here.

The project is being offered to employees at the gaseous diffusion plants in Portsmouth, Ohio, and Oak Ridge, Tenn.