The UK NSC recommendation on Lung cancer screening in adult cigarette smokers

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2015/16

The recommendation will be reviewed again after the results of the NELSON randomised lung cancer screening trial are published. In the meantime, an analysis of low-dose computed tomography for lung cancer screening in high-risk populations is available at: 


Find general information about population health screening.

More about Lung cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the UK, and the most common cancer worldwide. Around 38,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in the UK. Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Around 90% of cases are due to smoking. Other causes include passive smoking and exposure to certain gases and chemicals.

» Read more about lung cancer on NHS UK

» Read more about lung cancer on Cancerbackup


The British Association for Cancer Research
British Association of Surgical Oncology
British Society of Lifestyle Medicine
British Thoracic Society
Cancer Research UK
Faculty of Public Health
Northern Ireland Cancer Network
Primary Care Respiratory Society UK
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Pathologists
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Radiologists
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Society and College of Radiographers

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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icon Lung Cancer cover note (PDF document, 69KB, 24/10/11)

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