adult screening programme

Lung cancer

We are currently accepting public comments on this condition.
Closing date: 8th June 2022.
Scheduled UK NSC meeting date: June 2022.

Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the UK, and the most common cancer worldwide. Around 38,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in the UK. Smoking is the most common cause of lung cancer. Other causes include passive smoking and exposure to certain gases and chemicals.

» Read more about lung cancer on NHS UK

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in December 2007.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

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.

Supporting documents from the 2007 review

UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses Lung cancer (2007)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2007

Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Lung cancer

These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.

List of organisations

If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for organisation can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.