We listened to and shared the movies of individuals affected by lung most cancers, like Gerard in our featured video, who joined us in calling for change
Focused lung most cancers screening may help save lives. It goals to search out lung most cancers early in individuals at greater danger of the illness in order that therapy is extra probably to achieve success. Most cancers Analysis UK supported the Nationwide Screening Committee’s suggestion to every of the UK’s nations to introduce focused lung screening. So, we’re happy that England announced and started to implement the rollout of a focused lung most cancers screening programme which can construct on the focused lung health-check programme.
Now we’re calling for focused lung screening to be launched throughout the UK, as a full dedication to introduce focused lung most cancers screening doesn’t exist in Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire.
For Lung Most cancers Consciousness month this November, we launched our #MakeLungScreeningHappen marketing campaign. All through the month, with assist from our supporters, we helped elevate consciousness of the necessity for focused lung most cancers screening. With focused lung most cancers screening, we are able to scale back the 6,900 lung most cancers deaths every year in Scotland, Northern Eire and Wales (primarily based on knowledge for 2018, 2019 and 2021).
In Wales, alongside different charities we arrange a petition calling for a dedication from Welsh Authorities to supply a focused lung most cancers screening programme. We additionally held a profitable drop-in occasion for MSs within the Senedd across the marketing campaign, and the affect of lung most cancers was featured in BBC Wales Today.
Over in Scotland, our campaigners wrote to their MSPs to support a motion submitted by MSP Sandesh Gullhani to lift the necessity for a nationwide focused lung screening programme. The movement now has cross get together assist with 34 MSPs signing up to this point. We additionally hosted the Scottish Most cancers Convention in Glasgow, the place our #MakeLungScreeningHappen marketing campaign was raised.
And whereas there isn’t a present Meeting in Northern Eire, we centered on elevating consciousness, with campaigners in Northern Eire writing to their MLAs to assist the #MakeLungScreeningHappen marketing campaign. The marketing campaign was featured throughout press retailers together with BBC N. Ireland on-line, Downtown Radio, the Belfast Telegraph and Belfast Live.
And a few progress is being made. Final week, the Welsh Authorities agreed to scoping focused lung most cancers screening for Wales. And in Scotland, the Cupboard Secretary for NHS Restoration, Well being & Social Care, Michael Matheson MSP and Minister for Public Well being & Ladies’s Well being, Jenni Minto MSP, have confirmed their assist for screening, however we’re awaiting an official ministerial dedication. These are optimistic steps, however we’re nonetheless campaigning for a full dedication and its rollout.
Over 1000 individuals have taken so motion far – thanks. You possibly can nonetheless be part of the marketing campaign by signing the petition to the Welsh Authorities to make this a actuality. We’ll maintain pushing to #MakeLungScreeningHappen in all nations in 2024.