Targeted Lung Health Checks are aimed at achieving earlier detection of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases, in areas where the population has a higher mortality from this type of cancer.
The health check comprises a discussion about lung cancer symptoms and smoking cessation advice from the specialist nurse. Following the check-up a low dose CT scan is offered to those at higher risk.
The majority of lung cancer cases are identified at a later stage (stage 4), with most cases (around 85%) of lung cancer cases among people who smoke or who have a history of smoking. Hence targeted health checks are offered to people with a history of smoking who are in the higher risk age groups of 55 to 74.
In total fourteen Cancer Alliance areas across the UK have now introduced a Targeted Lung Health Check programme (correct as of February 2021).
In the East of England, health checks have been introduced in Luton and Thurrock.
News about the introduction of Targeted Lung Health Checks in Luton and the arrival of mobile CT scanning units for the area, is mentioned in our news pages (available here).