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Age UK Sutton is delivering a pilot project with the West London Cancer Alliance and The Royal Marsden, to help support and improve access to Targeted Lung Health Checks in Sutton for people aged 55-74 years old with a history of smoking. 

Research demonstrates that earlier diagnosis of cancer improves outcomes for patients. The NHS Long-Term Plan aims to increase diagnosis of cancers at Stage One and Two to 75% by 2028 - and save 55,000 lives annually. Currently in West London 54% of cancers are diagnosed at these initial stages, however late-stage presentation of lung cancer is much higher as symptoms often don’t appear until the disease has progressed, when treatment has a limited impact on survival.  

The Targeted Lung Health Checks programme aims to support earlier diagnose of lung cancer. The health check takes about 20 minutes, and you will be asked some questions about your general health and lung health. It will look out for signs of lung cancer too, which can be treated much more successfully when caught sooner.​ You may then be referred back to your GP or be offered a lung cancer screening scan if eligible (based on risk factors related to your lifestyle, medical and family history). 
 

Enquiries & Information

For enquiries and further information, please contact our Lung Health Engagement Worker, Rin, on 07577 169285 or by emailing her at ravinder.saimbi@ageuksutton.org.uk

 

Useful Contacts

Below are a number of useful links to local and national charities and organisations that have further information and support on lung health:

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation - A national charity dedicated to supporting people with lung cancer and funding research into the condition. 

British Lung Foundation - A UK wide charity providing help for people affected by a lung condition, funding for research into different lung conditions and running national campaigns on raising awareness of lung conditions and their causes. 

About COPD - a link to the British Lung Foundation Website with lots of information on COPD. 

Macmillan Cancer Support - The national charity that supports people affected by cancer, including lung cancer. 

Cancer Research UK - A charity that funds research into cancer and potential treatments. 

ALK Positive UK- A charity established by patients and their families and friends to extend the overall survival and quality of life of ALK-positive lung cancer patients across the UK. 

Age UK Sutton – An independent local charity collaborating with the NHS to help support and improve access to Lung Health Checks in Sutton. Offers a range of services plus free, independent information and advice on all issues of concern to older people, their families and their carers.   

St Raphael's Hospice (straphaels.org.uk) St Raphael’s Hospice – offers a range of services for Merton and Sutton residents within their own homes and within the hospice. 

Wellbeing Centre | St Raphael's Hospice (straphaels.org.uk) Wellbeing Centre – situated within St Raphael’, the centre encourages people with life limiting, chronic or progressive illness to live as independently as possible. The warm, friendly staff offer an 8 week program including a session on breathlessness, anxiety and relaxation.  

Maggie's – everyone's home of cancer care (maggies.org) Maggie’s  – at the Royal Marsden, is a charity for people with cancer or those living with people who have cancer. They have a range of professionals, a program of events and online support available. 

Call us: 07577 169285

Other information you may find helpful

Other information you may find helpful