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School of Medicine offers free radiation screening clinic in Reno

By ThisIsReno


The University of Nevada School of Medicine will offer free medical screenings on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at its Family Medicine Clinic located in the Brigham Building on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. Screenings are by appointment only.

Nevadans who lived near or worked at the Nevada Test Site during the period of atmospheric nuclear testing (1951 – 1963) may be eligible to participate.

The Nevada Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) offers Nevadans exposed to radiation no cost medical screenings and provides education on cancer and illnesses related to exposure to nuclear radiation.

In addition, the Nevada RESEP program assists individuals in applying for compensation through the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. Under this act, eligible Nevadans who have had cancer or other radiogenic illnesses may receive up to $75,000 in compensation.

The School of Medicine is the only institution to offer free cancer screening clinics to Nevada residents exposed to radiation from above ground nuclear testing and is able to do so because of a Health Resources and Services Administration grant, now in its seventh year.

Under the direction of Thomas J. Hunt, MD, associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, screening and diagnostic services facilitating early detection of cancers and other health hazards associated with radiation are offered at clinics periodically held in various locations throughout Nevada.

Each clinic offers a comprehensive array of services aimed at improving the health and knowledge of Nevadans who were exposed to radiation including complete physical exams, x-rays and selected lab services.

“Our goal is to reach every person in the state of Nevada who may have been affected by harmful radiation exposure during nuclear testing, to provide them with access to free cancer screenings that provide early cancer detection, and to ensure that they receive valuable information about health hazards associated with the radiation they have been exposed to,” he said.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Nevada RESEP Project Coordinator at 702-992-6887.

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