Lung In the media

Professor recommends lung cancer screening for older smokers.

Following the release of US data, Professor John Field from the University of Liverpool suggests that planning should start immediately for a new lung cancer screening service targeting older smokers in the UK.

According to Professor Field, the service should be launched no later than 2016 and delays for such a service could cost thousands of lives.

Lung cancer kills more than 35,000 people a year and is the biggest cause of cancer death in the UK. The data released suggested that screening programmes can detect lung cancer early, leading to up to 20 per cent fewer deaths. Approximately 75 per cent of lung cancer patients are currently diagnosed too late to receive life saving treatment.

Professor Field is leading the UK Lung Cancer Screening trial (UKLS). "The good news is that screening for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography [CT scans] could reduce this enormous burden of mortality, through early detection and treatment that improves survival," he said.

A large research study is testing whether screening can save lives across Europe and a UK pilot of lung screening in Liverpool is evaluating effectiveness within the UK. According to US guidelines, older people (aged 55-80) with a history of heavy smoking are should be offered an annual low-dose CT scans to screen for any signs of lung cancer. A heavy smoker is defined as someone who has smoked a packet of cigarettes per day for 30 years, or the equivalent.

Lung cancer risk assessment clinic

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care offers a lung cancer risk assessment clinic to private patients. The service is led by some of the UK’s leading specialists in respiratory medicine. The knowledge and expertise of these specialists and their teams are now available to anyone with concerns about their risk of lung cancer.


The following consultants offer lung cancer risk assessment clinics to private patients:

Professor Pallav Shah

Consultant physician in respiratory medicine




Professor Robert Wilson

Consultant physician in respiratory medicine




Professor Michael Polkey

Consultant respiratory physician