Everyone over 55 who has EVER smoked should have a lung scan to screen for cancer.

Everyone over 55 who has EVER smoked should have a lung scan to screen for cancer, proposes national screening agency

  • Britons over 55 who have ever smoked should be offered lung cancer screening
  • The recommendations require that the checks be implemented en masse for ages 55 to 74
  • Every year, 35,000 people die from the most common cause of cancer in the UK.

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Anyone over 55 who has ever smoked a cigarette in their life should undergo lung screening for cancer, a national screening agency has proposed.

The UK National Screening Committee (UKNSC) has called for screenings to be rolled out en masse to tackle Britain’s most common cause of cancer death.

He has advised that anyone aged 55 to 74 who smokes or has smoked in the past be offered an assessment.

A low-dose CT scan would be offered to those considered to be at high risk of lung cancer, the plans suggest.

Each year, around 35,000 people die from lung cancer, with around 48,000 people diagnosed with the disease most commonly caused by smoking.

Anyone over 55 who has ever smoked a cigarette in their life should undergo lung screening for cancer, a national screening agency has proposed.  stock image

Anyone over 55 who has ever smoked a cigarette in their life should undergo lung screening for cancer, a national screening agency has proposed. stock image

Outcomes for lung cancer patients are consistently poor, as later cases are often detected late, experts warned.

More than half of people with stage one lung cancer live five years or more after diagnosis.

But fewer than five in 100 patients with stage four are alive five years after their diagnosis.

The recommendation has been endorsed by Cancer Research UK, with the chief executive calling for it to be implemented “as quickly as possible”.

“We welcome this recommendation and urge the UK’s four nation governments to implement a targeted lung cancer screening program as quickly as possible,” said Dr Ian Walker. The Telegraph.

“Lung cancer causes more deaths in the UK than any other cancer, and screening could save lives by diagnosing people at an earlier stage, when treatment is more likely to be successful.”

The decision to adopt recommendations is made by government ministers. They generally accept UKNSC proposals, but it can take years before they are implemented.

In a pilot plan, the number of identified stage one and two lung cancer cases quadrupled when a mobile CT scanner was placed in shopping mall parking lots.

The UKNSC previously advised against targeted screening 15 years ago, which was the last time it formally considered lung cancer screening in the UK.

More than 70 percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking.  Addiction also increases a person's risk of 14 other types of cancer.  stock image

More than 70 percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking.  Addiction also increases a person's risk of 14 other types of cancer.  stock image

More than 70 percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking. Addiction also increases a person’s risk of 14 other types of cancer. stock image

His new council has called for a model to be made to create more detailed recommendations.

The committee also suggests that people who are still smoking when screened for lung cancer be counseled on how to quit.

More than 70 percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking. Addiction also increases a person’s risk of 14 other types of cancer.

Dr Walker called the recommendations an opportunity for Liz Truss to “prioritize cancer”, adding that it could significantly affect Britons.

Pilot schemes already offer specific screening for lung cancer in 23 areas of England.

The schemes have been called a “workable and effective starting point for implementation in England”, selection advisers told The Telegraph.

Former health secretary Sajid Javid declared a “war on cancer” before leaving office earlier this year.

Therese Coffey, the new health secretary, has been urged to publish a 10-year strategy to fight cancer in the UK, following warnings that delays in treatments and diagnoses have affected nearly 55,000 people.

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