Lung cancer screening programme to save lives

A NEW screening programme to detect lung cancer will save lives in Tameside.

Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group have been given £6million of Government funding to roll out a three-year programme.

It will target 10,000 residents who are deemed most at risk of developing lung cancer.

Jess Williams, director of commissioning for Tameside and Glossop CCG, gave the benefits during a presentation to members of the East Strategic Neighbourhood Forum at Stalybridge Civic Hall.

She revealed that over a two-year period it is estimated 217 lung cancer operations will take place and 450 other cases will be picked up in their early stages.

It is hoped the new screening programme will be introduced by the end of the year.

“There is evidence that if we can catch lung cancer earlier there is a very good success rate for treatment and it will improve life expectancy,” she explained.

It was disclosed in the presentation that lung cancer statistics for Tameside and Glossop CCG were “poor” and life expectancy was eight years less in the borough than elsewhere in the country.

Jess explained the programme will identify those most at risk, those aged 55-74 who are registered with GPs in Tameside and Glossop and who are on their record as smokers.

Jess added Tameside and Glossop CCG will be taking data from GPs and inviting patients for a 45-minute appointment at a mobile unit.

If they are seen to be at a high risk they will be offered a CT scan there and also a programme to cease smoking.

• PLANS to improve air quality for residents were discussed at a meeting at Stalybridge Civic Hall.

Members of the East Strategic Neighbourhood Forum along with the public were given a presentation by Emma Varnam, assistant director of operations and neighbourhood, on proposals for a Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.

The presentation was part of a consultation in the build up to making Greater Manchester a clean air zone in two phases from 2021 and 2023.

Owners of the most polluting vehicles would pay a daily penalty to enter and/or travel in the clean air zone.

In her presentation, Mrs Varnam explained there are more than 150 stretches of road in the borough that breach legal limits for emissions of nitrogen dioxide.

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