More than 330 people at high risk of developing lung disease have so far taken part in a pioneering health check project funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research.
The Leeds Lung Health Check, a multi-million pound initiative developed in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Leeds and Leeds City Council, is taking place in a mobile unit that moves to different locations in Leeds to make it easier for people to take part.
GPs across the city are inviting people who smoke or used to smoke to take part in the lung health checks, which include a lung function test and a special type of x-ray called a screening CT scan that can detect very early signs of lung cancer.
The mobile unit recently moved to ASDA Middleton following sessions at White Rose Shopping Centre and Elland Road.
Project lead Dr Mat Callister, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The early signs from the Leeds Lung Health Check programme are really encouraging. People are responding in large numbers, with over 1,600 contacting our telephone line for the initial part of their health check after receiving an invitation in the post.
“334 people attended for health checks at the White Rose Centre and Elland Road, and a further 281 are booked in at Asda Middleton - our busiest month yet. The feedback from people attending the mobile units has been fantastic, with many commenting how convenient they found it to attend the community locations.”
So far, 62 patients with possible chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 10 patients with possible lung cancer have been referred for further investigations. A further six patients with other possible cancers have been referred for additional testing.
A total of 7,000 people are expected to take part in the Leeds Lung Health Check during the next four years. It is estimated that more than 300 lung cancers will be detected, allowing those patients to receive potentially life-saving treatment earlier.
Dr Callister added: “The Leeds Lung Health Check programme is already aiding the development of other lung health check initiatives elsewhere in the country. We hope that our findings in Leeds will provide vital evidence that may help the government decide how to introduce a national lung cancer screening programme in the UK.”
The Leeds Lung Health Check mobile unit, provided by leading mobile medical unit provider EMS Healthcare, will be based at Asda Middleton until Saturday, February 2. It will then move to Costco, Leathley Road.
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Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 583 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient's journey.
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