NHS England have announced that lung cancer scanning trucks, operating from supermarket car parks are being rolled out across the country. It’s part of a drive to save lives by catching the condition early. Blackpool is to be one of the first areas to benefit from the new initiative.
Lung Cancer Scanning Trucks
Around £70 million will fund 10 projects nationally that check those most at risk. The trucks are similar to the Breast Cancer screening ones seen in car parks around the Fylde Coast.
If you are in the ‘at risk’ category, you’ll be invited for an MOT on your lungs and an on the spot chest scan at a mobile clinic.
Targeted screening will help improve survival rates by going first to the areas with the highest death rates from lung cancer.
The roll-out has the potential to reach around 32,854 people in Blackpool over four years.
The Lancashire and South Cumbria cancer alliance is coordinating the service in Blackpool.
Reducing Lung Cancer Deaths
A recent study showed CT screening reduced lung cancer mortality by 26% in men and between 39% and 61% in women.
Blackpool has a higher rate of lung cancer than the national average, due mainly to the prevalence of smoking in the area. It’s a contributing factor to local life-expectancy being one of the lowest in the entire country, for men and women.
Dr Adam Janjua, Chair of Fylde Coast cancer steering group, said: “This is a great initiative and I am very happy to see Blackpool being one of the first in the country to reap the benefits of the new scanning trucks. Lung cancer is a big problem in the region and we know how vitally important the screening process is to catching the disease early and, ultimately, saving lives. We will strive to improve our clinical services in areas like lung cancer and will also continue to inform the public of the dangers of smoking.”
The NHS Long Term Plan set out an ambition that 55,000 more people will survive their cancer. To do this the plan also includes an ambition to increase the number of early diagnosis. If catching cancer at stages one and two is increased from half to three-quarters of cancer patients it will help more people to survive.
The planning process will now begin and details of the official roll-out will be available at a later date.
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