Lung cancer currently causes more deaths than any other cancer in the UK. There are often no symptoms at the earlier stages of lung cancer, and it is regularly diagnosed late. However, if caught early it’s much more treatable and the survival rate is much higher.
We have been awarded Elective Recovery Funding to encourage early diagnosis of lung cancer in Crawley and Slough and support the populations in these deprived areas by offering the opportunity for an Enhanced Lung Care check.
Slough and Crawley have been identified and supported to take part in the Enhanced Lung Care project based on a population with high lung cancer incidence and smoking prevalence. This is a collaborative process with the respective Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and trusts.
In summer 2021, we funded lung cancer awareness campaigns in Crawley and Hastings, working with local partners to identify people with symptoms and encourage them to come forward for a consultation with their GP and potentially a chest x-ray
In Crawley, Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South & East) created information flyers in a range of languages, plus literature to motivate family members and carers to encourage their loved ones to go to their GP.
In Hastings, the local Integrated Care System worked with the community group Seaview Project to promote the lung awareness campaign. Seaview supports marginalised people with addiction problems, mental health issues, ex- and at-risk offenders and rough sleepers.
Alongside the communication campaign, GPs and community pharmacists in Hastings and Crawley identified symptomatic patients and encouraged them to come for a consultation.
Download a poster about the Symptoms of Lung Cancer created by Citizens Advice in West Sussex (North, South & East).
Targeted Lung Health Check (TLHC) is a national programme which will contribute to the ambition of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve early diagnosis and survival for those diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer Alliances across England are being supported by NHS England to implement TLHC by April 2026. The roll-out in Surrey and Sussex will start during 2022 commencing with Brighton and Hove and Hastings.