HC Deb 10 April 2002 vol 383 cc443-4W
Hywel Williams

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to improve the early detection of lung cancer. [43945]

Yvette Cooper

Trials for lung cancer screening conducted in the United States and Czechoslovakia in the 1970s using chest x-rays and/or sputum cytology showed no reduction in cancer mortality. Recent research has shown that low dose spiral computer tomography (CT) scanning can identify lung cancer in asymptomatic individuals at high risk. While this research suggests that CT scanning may be a useful screening test for lung cancer, more research is needed. A proposal for a trial in the United Kingdom is being considered by Medical Research Council.