Tameside and Glossop has been picked as one of the first areas nationally to roll out a screening project to help improve lung cancer survival rates.
The targeted lung health checks, which will operate in scanning units within local neighbourhoods, will check people most at risk – helping to support early detection of lung health issues and then ensure access to appropriate treatment.
Over 15,000 people in Tameside and Glossop are expected to be offered the early screening, which can also pick up other health issues.
The checks will be available for 55-74 year olds who have at some point in their lives smoked. Evidence suggests that this is the key group who would most benefit.
Tameside & Glossop CCG Chair Dr Alan Dow said: “This is great news for people in Tameside and Glossop. Lung cancer is often nationally detected quite late which makes it harder for the NHS to help successfully. However, this project will help address this and should help improve survival rates.
“It also ties in well with our approach of improving access to health care out in our neighbourhoods and communities and preventing problems escalating by helping patients access treatment in the right place at the right time. We are now working with our partners to plan the detail of how we will deliver the project.”
Dr Richard Preece, medical director and executive lead for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, and chair of the Greater Manchester Cancer Board said: “Lung cancer is the biggest single cause of premature death in Greater Manchester. This needs to change through prevention and early detection. We’re seeing a big reduction in smoking - this will mean less lung cancer in the future. Early detection of new lung cancers means more people can be given effective treatment.
“Following on from the successful pilot in Manchester, this new funding for Tameside and Glossop CCG is another chance for us to learn how we can eventually offer lung health checks for all people in Greater Manchester at high risk of lung cancer.”