Targeted Lung Health Check Programme
Your lungs work hard for you throughout your life. As you get older, it’s worth getting them checked out
Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon, and Gloucestershire (SWAG) Cancer Alliance’s Targeted Lung Health Check Programme is a new pilot scheme giving people a chance to check their lung health. We will test how well your lungs are functioning and offer advice and support around keeping your lungs healthy. Most of the time, we do not find any problems, and we will be able to reassure you that your lungs are working well. You can think of it like a car MOT. We will check everything is working well and, in the unlikely case that a problem is picked up with a person’s lungs or breathing, finding it early could make treatment easier and more successful.
The lung health checks are being offered in specific areas across Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon, & Gloucestershire to people between the ages of 55-74 who are current or former smokers. Eligible individuals will be sent a letter inviting them to a telephone lung health check. This may lead to a face-to-face appointment and low-dose CT scan for some individuals.
We are hoping to be able to offer Lung Health Checks to everyone who meets these criteria across SWAG in the next few years, so if you are not invited initially, hopefully you will be soon.