Lung Cancer Risk Assessment Clinic

We can help assess your risk of lung cancer and perform diagnostic tests to catch cancer early.

Lung cancer typically exhibits symptoms only after the disease has spread, making a cure unlikely. However, if caught early, lung cancer can be successfully treated.

At Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care, we will assess your risk factors for developing lung cancer, and only if necessary, recommend a low-dose computed tomography (CT scan) to detect signs of early lung cancer.

About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer develops when cells become abnormal and grow out of control. Over time, they form a clump, also known as a tumour. Lung cancer develops in the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – your airways. It can grow within the lung and it can spread outside the lung.

Some common symptoms of lung cancer are:

  • a persistent cough
  • a chest infection that does not get better
  • a dull ache in the chest
  • a sharp pain when breathing in deeply
  • a hoarse voice
  • shortness of breath.

People with an increased risk of developing lung cancer may include those who:

  • have a regular and heavy history of smoking, and…
  • have a strong family history of lung cancer, and/or…
  • are over 50 years old (more than 8 in 10 lung cancer cases occur in the over 60s).

The link between tobacco and cancer was established more than 50 years ago. Current research shows that smokers are 15 times more likely to die from lung cancer than people who have never smoked. Smoking causes almost 90 per cent of lung cancer deaths.

What Happens at Your Assessment?

Our Lung Cancer Risk Assessment service includes an appointment with a specialist who will assess and discuss with you your risk factors for developing lung cancer. If appropriate, you may be offered help with stopping smoking.

In some circumstances, a low dose computed tomography (CT scan), which is a type of scan that can detect early lung cancer, will be recommended. With early detection, lung cancer can be successfully treated.


Our lung cancer risk assessment service is led by some of the UK’s leading specialists in respiratory medicine.


A lung cancer risk assessment is priced from £250. CT scans, if recommended, start from £907 (dependent on the scan required).  

Payment for an assessment is required in advance of your visit and can be made in a variety of different ways.

  • Private medical insurance: The cost of an outpatient visit for many patients may be covered by private medical cover. RB&HH Specialist Care has agreements with most UK medical insurance schemes, but you should always check with your insurer before starting any treatment.
  • Self-pay: For patients paying their own account, we accept all major credits cards, a banker’s draft and cash.
  • Embassy: Some international patients are sponsored by their country’s embassy.

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