– Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
This pilot project is part of our Detect Cancer Early programme, which aims to increase the early detection of cancer by 25 per cent. By testing those at greatest risk of developing lung cancer, and diagnosing it at its earliest possible stage, we stand a better chance of being able to treat the cancer successfully. This means patients can be treated when their general health is better and when less aggressive treatment maybe required than if the cancer had spread.
A simple blood test that could detect cancers up to five years earlier than conventional screening is to be tested in Scotland. Smokers will be checked for high levels of antibodies in their blood that can be a sign of developing lung cancers.