I have not received an Invitation
Leeds Teaching Hospitals are piloting Lung Health Checks. People in Leeds between 55 and 80 years old who are either current or former smokers may receive an invitation in the post throughout 2018 to 2020.
What happens in a Lung Health Checks?
The Lung Health Checks include screening scans for lung cancer. Screening is available in some countries like the USA and Canada but is not yet widely available in the UK. Yorkshire Cancer Research have funded a research study called the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial. We hope the study will show that Lung Health Checks improve lung health. If this is the case, they may be rolled out more widely across Leeds and the rest of the UK.
Is everyone in Leeds invited?
Not everyone will be invited for a Lung Health Check. The study team will look at what happens to the lung health of people who are invited, compared with a control group of people who are not invited. The control group will also include people aged 55 to 80 who are current or former smokers. The study will follow both groups throughout their lifetime.
If you have not received an invitation for a Lung Health Check, there may be several reasons for this. It could be because your postcode area is not involved. You may be in the control group who will not receive an invitation. Or you may not have received your invitation yet, and you will get one in the future.
How will information about people in Leeds be used in the study?
To help us improve lung health checks in the future we need to understand the long term benefits to people’s lung health. This will involve looking at what happens to people who come for lung health checks as well as those who do not; either because they chose not to or because they were not invited. For more information about how we will use patient data, please click here.
How else can I keep my lungs healthy?
Your lungs work hard every minute of your life. Looking after them to ensure they stay in good working order is really important. For more information about keeping your lungs health please click here.