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The NHS in Southend has launched Lung Health Checks

Updated: Mar 28

The NHS in Southend has launched Lung Health Checks to help diagnose lung cancer earlier and save more lives.

The Targeted Lung Health Check Programme is a new service offered to people aged 55 to 74 who are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Following an initial conversation with a health professional and, if needed, a simple scan, the Targeted Lung Health Check can identify signs of cancer at an early stage when it is much more treatable - ultimately saving move lives.

Sadly, due to there being few to no symptoms at an early stage, lung cancer is regularly diagnosed late. It currently causes more deaths than any other cancer in the UK, but if caught early, it’s much more treatable and the survival rate is much higher. Attending a Targeted Lung Health Check could save your life.

Offered to current or former smokers, the Lung Health Check starts with a check-up from a specially trained health professional If necessary, you will be offered a simple scan to take a picture of your lungs, to check for signs of lung cancer.

If you are eligible for a Lung Health Check, you will be sent a letter in the post.

For more information on the programme please visit

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