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Lancet article defines road map for UK lung cancer screening programme

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The Lancet has this week published an article setting out the priorities for the effective implementation of targeted lung cancer screening in the UK.

This follows the UK National Screening Committee’s (UK NSC’s) positive recommendation for the introduction of a national targeted lung cancer screening programme for people at high risk.

The UK NSC contributed to the article, which describes the consensus reached by an expert multi-professional group on the requirements and priorities for implementing lung cancer screening. The expert group included behavioural scientists, stakeholder organisations, and representatives from NHS England (NHSE), the UK NSC and the 4 UK nations.

The article summary states:

This policy review will be an important tool in the ongoing expansion and evolution of an already successful programme (NHS targeted lung health checks programme), and provides a summary of UK expert opinion for consideration by those organising and delivering lung cancer screenings in other countries.

The UK NSC, NHSE and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are working together to plan how targeted lung cancer screening will be implemented in the 4 UK nations.

We will continue to keep you informed of developments leading to implementation via this blog.

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