High-risk Brits to be offered lung cancer scans at supermarkets

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 21, 2017

Mobile cancer screenings hosted in shopping centre vehicle parks will be offered to those at greater risk of suffering from the disease in an attempt to boost early diagnosis rates.

The NHS will invite people susceptible to lung cancer across four areas of England to mobile screening units in an effort to catch the illness early.

People with a history of smoking aged 55 to 74 were invited for CT scans at mobile units - which were placed in shopping centre auto parks or community hubs.

Potential lung cancer patients in certain parts of the country will be offered the chance to attend a community mobile screening units in the hope they could catch any potential cancer early, NHS England will announce.

For every 33 members of the public screened, one case of cancer was detected by the testing.

NHS boss Simon Stevens said the scheme at Tesco and other outlets will now be rolled out over the next 18 months to stores and shopping centres in London, Humber, the North East and Cumbria.

Dany Bell, specialist adviser for treatment and recovery at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: 'The earlier that someone is diagnosed with cancer, the better their chance of successful treatment is.

"Lung cancer is a notoriously hard type to diagnose at an early stage, and initiatives such as this make it easier for high-risk people to get their health checked". Now it is time to finally focus on lung cancer.

There were 5,936 lung cancer removal operations in English hospitals in 2015 - up from 5,657 operations in 2014.

Survival rates for patients a month and three months after having undergone such procedures have reached the best ever levels, according to the audit.

The college's fourth annual lung cancer clinical outcomes publication, conducted alongside the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland, also showed improvements in survival for patients.

It means only one in ten will still be alive five years after diagnosis.

'It is therefore hugely reassuring to see that operations are safe in both the short and medium term'.

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