This Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Luton residents are being urged to attend their Lung Health Check when invited to do so.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (BLMK ICS), has been rolling out a Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) Programme since February 2021, focusing initially on Luton, which has one of the highest rates of death from lung cancer in the country.
The programme involves current and former smokers aged between 55 and under 75 being invited for an initial lung health check by qualified nurses from our lung health check team. Patients found to be at high risk following the check will be invited to take up a low dose CT scan to rule out any early cancers. The checks may also identify any other potentially serious conditions.
Dr James Ramsay, Clinical Director, Lung Health Check Programme, said:
“The Lung Health Check Programme is an important part of tackling the high rates of lung cancer in Luton. It is a quick and simple process, taking place in a covid secure environment that could save your life.
“It is incredibly important for everyone who is eligible for a lung health check to take up the offer and attend their appointment. It is vital that lung cancer is diagnosed as early as possible so that the patient has the best chance for successful treatment.”
If you are identified as being eligible for a lung health check, you will receive a letter with details regarding the programme and how to book. If you haven’t been contacted and think you may be eligible, please contact us on 0333 405 3103.
More information on the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme is available on the website here: https://www.lutonandthurrocklunghealthcheck.nhs.uk/index.php.