Residents in Blackburn with Darwen are to be offered an ‘MOT for their lungs. Anyone who is between 55 and 74 and who has ever smoked will be invited for an NHS Lung Health Check.
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, with around 47,000 cases diagnosed every year (accounting for 13% of all cancer cases). Sadly, lung cancer has some of the worst survival rates, due, in part, to it often being diagnosed very late. Nearly half of fewer cases are diagnosed when the disease has spread. For lung cancer few numbers of patients are contacting their GPs and being referred to hospital. Some patients are being diagnosed in A&E when they are unwell with advanced disease. If this continues more people will be diagnosed later, resulting in a lower chance of survival.
The Lung Health Check Programme hopes to change this and improve survivability by diagnosing cancer earlier even before symptoms start. Finding and treating lung cancer at an early stage can save lives.
Healthy Lung Checks are now live and are taking place in Blackburn with Darwen from 27th September until 14th November and then will take place from 27th December to 13th February 2022. If you are eligible you will receive a letter from your GP practice inviting you to make a Lung Health Check appointment.
The initial assessment is over the telephone and can then lead to having a CT scan to check your lungs. The Lung Health Check mobile unit is based at Blackburn Rovers Football Club at Ewood.
The “Let’s Talk Cancer” campaign aims to encourage people to make cancer part of their everyday conversations and to dispel the fears surrounding the word cancer.
Dr Neil Smith, local GP and Primary Care Director for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance, said:
“If you are contacted by your GP inviting you for a lung health check, it is really important you attend your appointment.
“Early diagnosis of cancer saves lives. It is essential that people continue to talk about their concerns about cancer. If you have persistent or worrying symptoms, please contact your doctor. Let’s talk cancer.”
If you need medical help from your GP practice, contact them online, by an app or by phone to be assessed. If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111. If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999. If you are told to go to hospital it is important that you go. You should continue to attend your appointments, unless you have been told not to.
More about lung cancer
- Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the country, with nearly 50,000 new cases in the UK each year.
- It is more common in people living in the most deprived areas and increases as people get older.
- More men are diagnosed with lung cancer than women.
- Around three-quarters of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at a late stage.
- Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK, accounting for
For more information, please visit: Targeted Lung Health Checks in Blackburn with Darwen | (blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk)