NYM Invites New Yorkers to Fred L. Mazzilli Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Day

Nov 11, 2013

Brooklyn

Lee Mazzilli (left) and his son, Lee Jr., will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs at the Fred L. Mazzilli Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Day.

Lee Mazzilli (left) and his son, Lee Jr., will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs at the Fred L. Mazzilli Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Day.

New York Methodist Hospital will host the first Fred L. Mazzilli Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Day on Saturday, November 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hospital's Carrington Pavilion Atrium, located at 506 Sixth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The Fred L. Mazzilli Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Day is a component  of NYM's Fred L. Mazzilli Free Lung Cancer Screening Program. The program was established in partnership with the family of Lee Mazzilli, Brooklyn native and former Major League Baseball all star and current New York Yankees special advisor to the front office. Lee's brother Fred L. Mazzilli passed away from lung cancer in 2012.

The event will feature free spirometry (lung function) screenings, blood pressure screenings, blood sugar screenings, foot evaluations, dental screenings, an educational lecture (held at noon) and giveaways. NYM pulmonologists and respiratory therapists will be available to answer questions.

In addition, those in attendance who fit the National Cancer Institute's recommended National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) criteria may be eligible to make an appointment for a free low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan and evaluation through the Fred L. Mazilli Free Lung Cancer Screening Program. The NLST recommends a low-dose CT screening for current or former smokers aged 55 to 74 years who have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years and have not previously been diagnosed with lung cancer. Specialists agree that the best weapon in the fight against lung cancer is early detection.

Both Lee Mazzilli and his son, Lee Jr., who was recently drafted by the New York Mets, will be on hand to take pictures and sign autographs.

The Fred L. Mazzilli Lung Cancer Screening Awareness Day is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is highly recommended. To register, please call 718-780-5367. Additional information can also be found on NYM's website, www.nym.org/lung.

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