Published on: 3 May 2019

Doncaster has been selected as one of ten project areas nationally in a drive to save lives by detecting lung cancer early.

A number of initiatives proposed, which could include scanning trucks operating from supermarket car parks, will check those most at risk, inviting people for an MOT of their lungs and a chest scan if needed.

Julia Jessop, Cancer Alliance Programme Director, South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance said: “This is great news for the South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance. This will be one of a range of strategies we’ll be using to tackle lung cancer in the region.

“We are continuing to look at how we can put national and regional new ways of working into place, targeted to local needs, to improve cancer services and care for our patients and the public.”

This comes as part of a national investment of £70 million into early diagnosis and awarded to Cancer Alliances and CCGs across the country, in a drive to save lives by catching the condition early. This project has the potential to reach around 600,000 people over four years, detecting approximately 3,400 cancers and saving hundreds of lives across the country. The project in Doncaster will last initially for four years and NHS England will then evaluate the results to use as a basis for further roll out.

Dr David Crichton, Chair, NHS Doncaster CCG said: “This is great news that Doncaster has been recognised as a project area which will hopefully help detect lung cancer at an early stage.

“This new project is intended to save lives – earlier diagnosis for cancer is crucial as it is easier to treat, not only saving lives, but it will also mean hundreds of patients will avoid life changing treatments.

“As a GP, I welcome this project; this gives a great opportunity to pick illness up earlier and also to support people to make a lifestyle change such as stop smoking, ultimately leading to healthy lives.”