Targeted Lung Health Check Programme

Supporting earlier diagnosis of lung cancer

Do you live in Burnley? Are you a current or former smoker? Aged between 55 and 74? You may be eligible for a #NHSLungHealthCheck.

Did you know lung cancer often doesn’t show symptoms until the later stages? We’re offering Lung Health Checks to spot issues early, often before you notice any symptoms, allowing us to take fast action and save more lives.

Your lungs work hard every minute of your life. As you get older it’s worth having them checked out. A #NHSLungHealthCheck can help to find problems early – often before you notice anything is wrong.

Burnley is offering #NHSLungHealthCheck – helping to catch lung cancer early and save more lives.

Targeted Lung Health Checks help find problems early (often before you notice anything is wrong) and at a stage when treatment could be simpler and more successful - ultimately saving more lives.

Did you know lung cancer is the UK’s biggest cancer killer? Often symptoms don’t show until a later stage. The #NHSLungHealthCheck help us identify lung cancer early, when it’s more treatable, saving more lives.


The Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) programme that is currently being rolled out across East Lancashire will be made available to patients in Burnley from Mid-September onwards.


People between 55 and 74 are invited for an initial telephone lung health check appointment and those identified as being at high risk of developing lung cancer are then invited for a face to face consultation followed by a CT scan.


What is a Targeted Lung Health Check?

  • Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) are being offered in our area to support with the early detection and treatment of lung cancer.
  • Those between the ages of 55 and 74 who are current or former smokers will be invited to a TLHC.
  • The check compromises of two stages, the first is a telephone call with a health professional who will assess your risk of lung cancer. If you are deemed to be high risk, you will be invited for a low dose chest CT. The TLHC service will organise this, as required.
  • The TLHC Programme is currently being rolled out across England. Initially being available in areas of England with the highest lung cancer mortality rates but is expected to be available nationally by 2024-25

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Why it’s important

  • Lung cancer often goes undetected during its early stages, due to there often being no signs of symptoms. Less than 20% of people diagnosed with lung cancer survive for 5 years or more.
  • TLHCs help detect cancer at an earlier stage, when curative treatment is more possible.
  • To date, 80% of lung cancers found by the TLHC programme have been at stage 1 or stage 2, compared to 30% without this kind of intervention.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequently Asked Question




Why are we offering lung health checks?

There are often no signs or symptoms of lung cancer at an early stage. As a result, sadly 7 out of 10 cancer patients are diagnosed too late to be cured. Target lung health checks can help diagnose lung cancer early, at a stage where treatment can be simpler and more successful.


What is a Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC?

A Targeted Lung Health Check is a two-stage process to help assess the health of the participants lungs. It begins with a telephone call or meeting where a specialist nurse will ask a series of questions to evaluate the participants chances of developing lung cancer. If they are identified as someone who is at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, they will be invited for a quick scan to produce a detailed image of your lungs.


Why have you been invited?

Patients aged 55 to 74 who have ever smoked will be invited to a Lung Health Check, providing their smoking status is correctly recorded in their GP record.


What happens at a TLHC?

Participants will be invited to an initial assessment which usually takes place over the phone.

Patients will be contacted at the time of their appointment by a specialist health professional. The health professional will ask the patient a series of questions about their smoking history, lifestyle and current health and wellbeing. The health professional will complete two risk assessments based on the answers given by the patient. If the patient meets a certain risk threshold on either of the risk assessments, they will be offered a low dose CT scan.

The risks and benefits of the CT scan will be explained to the patient by the health professional.


Where are TLHCs being offered?

TLHCs are initially being offered in areas of England with the highest lung cancer mortality rates and we are now rolling expanding the checks across the country. See map, appendix 7 and 8.


Why does early diagnosis make a difference?

Data from the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme so far shows that with these potentially life-saving checks, lung cancer early diagnosis rates can be as high as 80% - compared to less than 30% without this type of intervention – enabling doctors to treat cases sooner, when curative treatment is more possible, saving more lives.


Will TLHC be rolled out as a national screening programme?

NHSEI’s aim and hope is that Lung Health Checks will be rolled out nationally. There are 23 sites currently live and 20 more launching in April 2022.


How many patients will be invited to TLHC

Across the 43 sites it’s expected up to 1.5m people will be invited for a check.


Lung Scan/ CT Scan


Who can’t have a scan?

There are a number of reasons why a patient might not be offered a low dose CT scan and these include:

·They’re unable to lie flat

· They’re unable to transfer onto the CT scanning bed without support, or with the support of somebody who attends the scan with them

· They weigh more than 200kg/31.5 stones

They are not physically fit.

They do not have capacity to consent to the CT scan and it is not in their best interests to have one



Can I bring someone to my appointment?

This will depend on your local service, please see their relevant contact details from your invitation and ask them directly.

Do I have to get undressed?

You may need to remove your coat, but you can leave your clothing on.

Is support available for patients with additional needs?

Call the number in the letter if you need additional support.

How will invitations be issued?

By post


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