At Yorkshire Cancer Research, we fund the multi-million pound Leeds Lung Health Check, which aims to see 7000 people across the city. This research study delivers lung screening in mobile units in convenient community locations, like supermarket car parks and shopping centres. Participants will have a screening CT scan that can identify the very earliest signs of lung cancer.
The study team works in partnership with GPs in Leeds to identify and contact those most at risk. This includes those aged between 55 and 80 who are smokers or have smoked in the past. If participants are currently smoking, they will be offered expert help to quit from the Yorkshire Stop Smoking Study team - a sub-study that is also funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
When cancer is diagnosed early, it's easier to treat. While screening programmes are available for breast, cervical and bowel cancer, there is no national screening for lung cancer. This is the biggest cause of premature death in Yorkshire and we believe it is vital to fund studies like this to save lives in our region. The screening CT scan used by the Leeds Lung Health Check can detect lung cancer before the participant even knows it is there.
This pioneering study will evaluate a community-based screening programme to assess the overall effect of screening across the population. Leeds Lung Health Check is the largest randomised lung screening study in the UK and the outcomes will hopefully guide how lung screening might be introduced nationally in the future. Evidence from the US suggests that eight in ten patients diagnosed with lung cancer through lung cancer screening will be alive ten years after diagnosis, compared to just one in ten for people currently diagnosed in the UK.
Yorkshire has the highest rate of smoking in the UK and we know that eight out of ten lung cancers are caused by smoking. Leeds Lung Health Check will run for four years and, during that time, it is estimated that around 300 lung cancers will be detected. Each of these people will receive access to potentially life-saving treatment with our region seeing the benefits of this groundbreaking study.
By working with GPs in communities where smoking prevalence is known to be high, the Leeds Lung Health Check will be able to closely identify those most at risk and invite them to participate in the study.
Leeds Lung Health Check
Prof Mat Callister – Respiratory Consultant and Project Lead