Mobile scanning units will be located in Corby

People most at risk of developing lung disease will be able to get tested in Corby later this year under a new local scheme aimed at improving cancer survival rates.

NHS England has awarded more than £2m to fund ‘Targeted Lung Health Checks’ for local people who are most at risk of developing lung diseases, including cancer.

People aged between 55 and 74 with a history of smoking will be offered a health check at their local GP. If required, they will then be able to have a low-dose CT scan at a mobile unit in the local area.

The project is one of 10 schemes in the country awarded a share of £70m to carry out health checks and lung scans over the next four years. The targeted screening aims to help improve survival rates in some of the areas with the highest death rates from lung cancer.

The national NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, includes a new ambition to diagnose three out of four people with cancer at an early stage by 2028 – up from around half now. To help deliver on this ambition, the Long Term Plan also commits to the extension of targeted lung health checks across England.

Corby CCG is set to receive a total of £2.3m over four years that will fund lung scanning trucks as well as a team to carry out the scans and diagnostics.

Based on evidence from pioneering schemes in Nottingham, Manchester and Liverpool, the projects can identify more cancers quickly – and also pick up a range of other health conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).