The National Screening Committee has recommended the introduction of lung cancer screening for people aged between 55 and 74 who smoke or have previously smoked.
Dr Stuart Baugh, Clinical Director, Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance, comments:
“The Humber and North Yorkshire Cancer Alliance welcomes the National Screening Committee’s recommendation to offer lung screening to all people aged between 55 and 74 who smoke or who have smoked in the past.
“Lung cancer prevention is one of the Cancer Alliance’s top priorities – as we have several areas in our region where smoking prevalence is well above the national average.
“Early detection of lung cancer is key – because often lung cancer is symptomless until it is at an advanced stage.
“The Cancer Alliance was therefore pleased when Hull was picked as one of 10 pilot sites for the NHS Targeted Lung Health Check programme. Since its launch, the programme has delivered more than 12,800 screening appointments and more than 8,600 scans.
“The programme will be rolled out in North Lincolnshire in early 2023 and in North East Lincolnshire in early 2024. It is expected to be introduced in other areas of Humber and North Yorkshire over next five years.”
Find out more about the NHS Targeted Lung Health Check Programme in Humber and North Yorkshire here: hnycanceralliance.org.uk/lung-health-check