The NHS could save 5,000 lives a year by introducing screening for lung cancer

The NHS could save 5,000 lives a year by introducing screening for lung cancer

The NHS could save 5,000 lives a year by introducing screening for lung cancer 2560 1707 iDNA

With these words the Guardian cites the experts Prof. Charles Swanton, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK and Prof. David Baldwin. Prof. Charles Swanton is one of UK’s leading cancer scientists and Prof David Baldwin is a member of the NHS England’s advisory group on lung cancer and also consortium member of the 4-IN-THE-LUNG-RUN trial. Both advocate the implementation of lung cancer screening programmes.

The experts reiterate the sustaining call for implementing early detection with lung cancer. The NHS currently coordinates a pilot, which prof Baldwin expects to go national. Early diagnosis and swift surgery are key in help saving lives. The accompanied costs are often put forward as a decisive argument not to go forward with early detection programmes. However, the article in the Guardian emphasizes these costs do not outweigh the expected economical impact as result from an increased total government spending.

This adds to the pioneering role the UK has taken in this field. Other European countries are also expected to pick-up the gauntlet as more and more renown experts and institutions are trying to decrease the burden of lung cancer.

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