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National screening for lung cancer

PCRS cautiously welcome the implementation of the pilot phase of the Targeted Lung Health Check Programme in England. Having reviewed the protocol in the context of our work with the diagnostic workstream of the Lung Health Taskforce we suggest that the pathway for people who are found to have non-cancer respiratory symptoms which need investigating, and the implications for workload in general practice will need careful evaluation before a national roll-out. As individuals will also be offered an ‘MOT/lung health check for their lungs’ which may identify potential cases of COPD or other respiratory illness it will be vital to ensure that the right pathway is in place to support patients who may have a non-cancer respiratory illness. We look forward to seeing a full analysis of the pilots before deciding whether to support a comprehensive roll-out of a national screening programme.