Yorkshire Cancer Research funds 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. The criteria for the study is 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 advice by the Yorkshire Stop Smoking Study - 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 it is vital to fund studies like this one 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 lung screening study in the UK and the outcomes regionally will then benefit patients nationally. Evidence from the US shows that eight in ten patients diagnosed with lung cancer by screening will be alive ten years after diagnosis, compared to just one in ten for people currently diagnosed in the UK.