Looking After Your Lungs

What is lung cancer?

Stay smoke-free

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

North Somerset:
Or call: 01275 546 744

Or call: 01823 356 222

South Gloucestershire:
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


Onesmallstep Devon


Livewell Dorset


Livewell Swindon


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: