Consultation on targeted screening for lung cancer in people aged 55-74 with a history of smoking

Date exercise ended - Sunday, May 8, 2022


The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is consulting on whether to recommend targeted screening for lung cancer in people aged 55–74 with a history of smoking.


Screening for lung cancer is not recommended. This is because:

  • there is not enough evidence to show that a screening programme would be effective at improving outcomes for people with lung cancer
  • no clinical trials for lung cancer screening have been completed
  • currently there is no available test which is suitable for use in a screening programme

In February 2020, the UK NSC started work to review this policy recommendation. It will focus on recently published literature from the NELSON trial which looked at lung cancer screening. This new literature will update the previous HTA evaluation.

How you can get involved

Find out more about the consultation and how to have your say on the government website here.

The consultation will close on 8 June 2022.