People living in a number of locations in the East of England are being offered a free lung health check. 

The health check is being offered to people aged from 55 to 75, who smoke or who have had a history of smoking.

The scheme is being run by specially-trained nurses. Lung health checks aim to find out how well your lungs are working, and if any risks are identified, a low-dose CT scan may be offered. 

Lung health checks can give you the reassurance that your lungs are healthy or can help find problems early – often before you notice anything is wrong. If lung conditions, or other problems with your breathing or lungs are found early, treatment can be simpler and more successful.

What does a Lung Health Check involve?

Lung health checks are completely free. Appointments are carried out over the telephone with a specialised nurse, lasting approximately 20-30 minutes. The nurse will ask you some questions about your breathing and overall lung health. They will also ask you about your lifestyle, family and medical history. You do not need to do a breathing test; the nurse can get all the information they need from the questions.

As part of your Lung Health Check, you may be offered a low dose CT scan at a mobile unit. This is to check for early signs of lung cancer as well as other lung diseases. You will have plenty of time to talk to the nurse and ask any questions you may have.

 

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