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British Researchers Want National Lung Screening Tests…

British researchers have started a program they hope will eventually lead to national lung screening tests for all the country’s citizens.

The government-backed research team from Liverpool University want to use CT scan to test patients for the early symptoms of the disease.

ct scan Briton Hope For National Lung Screening Trials

Lung cancer has one of the worst survival rates of all cancers. The disease kills around 33,500 people a year in the UK alone, only 7% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer are still alive after after 5 years. But some types of lung cancer have survival rates of up to 80% if diagnosed in its early stages.

Professor John Field, director of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Research Programme, at the University of Liverpool said:

“We’re currently doing a feasibility study about how we can get the systems in place to carry out a trial…
“Assuming that is accepted we would request to do a pilot in six months time.”

The plans for the new study come after a report from the National Cancer Research Institute found that lung cancer had the highest incidence but the lowest investment.

Approx 100 people a day are diagnosed with lung cancer, however may of these cases are already in the late stages. If these cancers cancer could be detected earlier, the changes of survival would dramatically increase.

The team hope to test 14,000 individuals, half of whom would undergo lung CT scans. The trial will focus on how effective the test is by comparing the survival rate of those who undergoing screening with those not tested.

ct lung scan Briton Hope For National Lung Screening Trials

Professor Field said:

“The problem with lung cancer has been that many of these individuals are identified with late disease and possibly only have six months to live…
“Screening to detect the disease before patients develop any symptoms is a method that urgently requires evaluation as surgical resection at an early stage of the disease remains the only realistic option for a cure.”

Stopping smoking is the best way to reduce the risks of lung cancer, Professor Field added.

A similar study conducted by Cancer Research UK was also announced last year. The study involves screening for lung cancer in 1,300 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – a degenerative lung condition largely caused by smoking was also announced last year.

Professor Mike Richards, National Clinical Director for Cancer Research UK welcomed the further studies.

“Lung cancer remains the leading cause of death from cancer…
“Methods to detect the disease early, at a stage when it is curable, are urgently needed, alongside efforts to prevent the disease by reducing smoking.”

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