Looking After Your Lungs
What is lung cancer?
This is a pilot programme with a funding for a specific number of lung health checks. The identified practices have been selected using a range of indicators, including lung cancer incidence and deprivation indexes, to make sure the Lung Health Checks are delivered to people who will benefit the most from them.
We know that there will be people who live outside of these areas who may benefit from a Lung Health Check, and we are hoping to be able to offer Lung Health Checks to everyone who meets these criteria across Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire in the next few years. So, if you are not invited initially, hopefully you will be soon.
If you are not invited, there are several things you can do to look after your lung health in the meantime.
The single best thing you can do to prevent lung cancer is to abstain from smoking.
If you do smoke and would like to stop, there is free, local and expert support available. You are three times more likely to quit smoking with help from a Stop Smoking Service.
For support with this, text QUIT to 60777 or contact your local stop smoking service. See contact information below:
Bath and North East Somerset:
Or call 0300 247 0050
Or call: 0333 005 0095
Or call: 0800 122 3788
Or call: 01275 546 744
Or call: 01823 356 222
Or call: 01454 865 337
Other regional services
A similar programme is taking place in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. See Peninsula Cancer Alliance’s website for more information:
More than 50,000 in Cornwall, Isles of Scilly to be invited for NHS lung health checks – Peninsula Cancer Alliance
Smokefree Cornwall - Healthy Cornwall
Get a cough checked
We understand that some symptoms of lung cancer are similar to the symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to keep an eye out for anything that is unusual for you. If you notice any of the following and have tested negative for COVID-19, please contact your GP as soon as possible.
- Unexplained persistent cough
- Unexplained persistent breathlessness
- Fatigue lasting four or more weeks
- Persistent or recurrent chest infection
- Unexplained weight loss
- Appetite loss
Useful links to other NHS websites and national charities with further information on lung health:
- https://www.roycastle.org/- A national charity dedicated to supporting people with lung cancer and funding research into the condition.
- https://www.blf.org.uk/ - A UK wide charity providing help for people affected by a lung condition, funding for research into different lung conditions and running national campaigns on raising awareness lung conditions and their causes.
- https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/copd - A link to the British Lung Foundation Website with lots of information on COPD.
- https://www.macmillan.org.uk/ - The national charity that supports people affected by cancer, including lung cancer.
- https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/- A charity that funds research into cancer and potential treatments.
- https://www.longtermplan.nhs.uk/- Sets out the NHS' plans for the future, including a commitment to diagnose more cancers earlier.
- Want to know more about the DART project aims and objectives? | DART (dartlunghealth.co.uk)- DART is using data collected by the NHS Lung Health Check programme to develop and validate Artificial Intelligence to more accurately and quickly diagnose lung disease.