Cancer screening initiative to be rolled-out nationally

People could be offered cancer screening in shopping centre car parks in a bid to boost early diagnosis rates.

People could be offered cancer screening in shopping centre car parks in a bid to boost early diagnosis rates.

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Potential lung cancer patients in some regions of the country will be invited to community mobile screening units in a bid to treat their cancer early, NHS England will announce.

A pilot that took place in Manchester saw potential cancer patients invited for a lung health check.

People with a history of smoking between 55 to 74 were invited for Computed Tomography (CT) scans at mobile units – which were placed in shopping centre car parks or community hubs.

During the pilot, for every 33 people screened, one case of cancer was detected.

The pilot, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, was carried out on 2,500 people with a history of smoking. During the trial, four in five of the cancers discovered were at stage one or stage two.

Across country roll-out

Now NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has announced plans to roll-out the scheme in four areas across the country.

The Manchester project will be extended and three other cancer hubs will also get the green light to provide similar screening services including ones in London.

Speaking at the Economist War On Cancer event in London on Tuesday, Mr Stevens will say: ‘NHS cancer care is the best it's ever been, with cancer survival increasing every year.

‘Over the next 18 months the NHS will be rolling out new mobile and home screening kits to detect cancers earlier, when they can be treated best.’

'Making it easier'

Macmillan Cancer Support specialist advisor for treatment and recovery Dany Bell said: ‘The earlier that someone is diagnosed with cancer, the better their chance of successful treatment is.

‘So it's great news that this pilot scheme is now going to be rolled-out across other parts of England.

‘Lung cancer is a notoriously difficult type to diagnose at an early stage, and initiatives such as this make it easier for high-risk people to get their health checked.’

Further information

Nurse-led mobile lung cancer screening service in Liverpool

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