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New health checks to improve lung cancer survival rates

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Clinicians at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, will soon be launching a new initiative to help improve early diagnosis for lung cancer and other respiratory conditions across North and East Manchester.

Manchester’s ‘Lung Health Checks’ will tackle poor early diagnosis and survival rates for lung cancer by providing quick, easily accessible screenings for those deemed at higher risk of lung conditions.

Those eligible for screenings – smokers and former smokers aged between 55 and 80 – will receive a personal invitation for a Lung Health Check from their GP. Nurses will ask questions about their lung health and carry out a simple test to measure the amount of air in their lungs.

  • New checks are an efficient and effective way to identify lung cancers at the early stages, when at their most treatable.
  • Pilot programme in 2016 quadrupled lung cancer early diagnosis rates.
  • Will serve North and East Manchester, one of the most at risk regions for lung cancer in the country.
  • Using the latest ultra-low CT technology in the community.
  • Part of the NHS long term plan to identify conditions earlier.