The Royal Marsden

Free lung checks in Sutton

Past and current smokers in Sutton are being invited for a free NHS lung health check in a drive to diagnose lung conditions – including cancer – earlier.
Radiotherapy Radiographer prepping patient

With one of the highest mortality rates for lung cancer in west London, Sutton is one of 23 places across England to run the NHS England Targeted Lung Health Check programme. The lung checks begin with a telephone assessment. Those deemed to be high risk will be invited for a low-dose CT scan of the lungs in a mobile scanner based in the Tesco car park in Cheam.

Dr Richard Lee, Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine at The Royal Marsden and the programme’s Joint National Clinical Lead, said: “When lung cancer is caught sooner, we have a much better chance of being able to treat it successfully. “It’s thanks to a collaborative effort that we’re able to mark this milestone, which will ultimately help us save more lives.”