NHS to offer lung cancer tests for smokers

An NHS plan to boost cancer survival by offering targeted lung health checks to anyone from middle age who have ever smoked, is reportedly set to be supported ministers.

This follows after lung health checks have been found to identify approximately 75% of lung cancer cases at stage one or two, as revealed by the results of nationwide pilot schemes.

The recommendations from the UK National Screening Committee propose the mass roll out of CT scans in trucks and mobile units in the car parks of supermarkets. They want to invite all former and current smokers aged 55-74 to an assessment by healthcare professionals.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK and survival rates are low as many cases are picked up too late. It’s predicted that in England, only 9.5% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive ten years or more.

Despite this, the news is encouraging as the NHS continues working towards their ambition of diagnosing 75% of cancers at stage one or two by 2028.

Read the full article from The Telegraph here.

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