A collaboration between the thoracic surgical units in Hull and Leeds has re-emphasised the important implications of lung cancer screening. The study examined the surgical stage distribution between the two regional chest surgical centres at a time when Leeds was covered by an active screening program and Hull wasn’t. Study results were presented in the prestigious Brompton session at the European Society Thoracic Surgeons annual congress in Milan earlier this year and have recently been published.
The study showed that screening is associated with a higher proportion of lung cancers being detected at an earlier stage. These findings are consistent with the major trials that have examined lung cancer screening and been published at a time that eligible people living in Grimsby are being invited to lung health checks.
Mr Michael Gooseman, thoracic surgeon, said: “This study serves as a reminder of the benefit of lung screening at a time when people in our region can benefit. We encourage all those who are deemed as eligible to engage positively with the lung health check. If we are able to diagnose lung cancer at any earlier stage, when often there might not be any symptoms, treatment is often more likely to be successful.”
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