About lung health checks
A lung health check is an appointment either face to face or over the phone to determine if your lungs should be scanned by a CT scanner. Not everyone will need a lung scan. This will depend on your results from the initial assessment. Throughout the process you will have plenty of time to chat to the health professionals and ask any questions.
We know that lung cancer is the most common cancer in West Yorkshire. Lung cancer incidence is directly related to smoking and tobacco use is the most important preventable cause of lung cancer in England.
Across North Kirklees we are rolling out lung health checks and a mobile CT screening programme to detect lung cancer and any other lung problems as early as possible.
There are often no signs or symptoms of lung cancer at an early stage. As a result, sadly around 7 in 10 cancer patients are currently being diagnosed too late to be cured.
Lung Health Checks help find problems early (often before you notice anything is wrong) and at a stage when treatment could be simpler and more successful – ultimately saving more lives. Most lung cancers grow slowly enough for them to be found at an early stage by a lung scan.
Who is eligible?
- 55 – 74 years old
- A smoker or ex-smoker
- Registered to a GP in North Kirklees
If you are at higher risk of developing lung cancer i.e. people who smoke and ex-smokers, we will be offering you the opportunity to have a free lung health check appointment to see if you need any further checks.