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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

Screening should not be offered.


The policy will be reviewed again after the results of the NELSON  randomised lung cancer screening trial are published in 2016.


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 Choices

» Read more about lung cancer on Cancerbackup


The British Association for Cancer Research
British Association of Surgical Oncology
Cancer Research UK
The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Surgeons
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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