How we test
How we test for disease
Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of any cancer. It is especially lethal because it grows fast and spreads readily. There is only a small window of opportunity for cure, so early detection is crucial.
There is no screening programme for lung cancer in the UK. But around 120 people are diagnosed with the disease every day, usually by chest X-ray used to investigate symptoms. For two-thirds of these people, it will be too late for curative treatment.
The Advanced Screening Centre difference: CT SCAN
Smokers and other individuals with increased risk factors will be offered a low-radiation dose CT scan of the chest. The radiation dose is minimal; the images are more accurate and catch more early cancers than chest X-ray.
Chest imaging can easily be added to CT colonography (when undergoing bowel screening) if required, for those at risk or concerned about lung cancer.
What happens if we detect lung cancer symptoms?
Lumps and abnormalities detected within the lung require careful evaluation. The majority of such abnormalities are not cancerous; but it can be alarming to be told that your scan is not perfectly clear. So at this point our Clinical Board expert will step in, either to help guide you towards further investigations if appropriate, or reassure you that there is nothing to worry about.